George was a Roman soldier during the reign of Diocletian. Tradition says that he boldly confronted the emperor about his cruel persecution of the Christians. George was then tortured and beheaded for his faith. Many legends arose about George; soldiers especially admired him. A medieval legend said that he killed a dragon to rescue a lady; the dragon represents evil and the lady represents the Church. St. George is usually pictured either on his horse confronting the dragon or with his foot on the slain dragon. He is the patron of England and Caledonia. His feast is April 23.