THE PATRON SAINT OF ENGLAND

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St George is the patron saint of England. His emblem, a red cross ________ a white background, is the flag of England, and part of the British flag. St George's emblem was adopted (1) Richard The Lion Heart and brought to England in the 12th century. The king's soldiers wore it on their clothes (2) avoid confusion in battle.
One of (3) best-known stories about Saint George is his fight with a dragon. But it is very unlikely that he ever fought a dragon, and even (4) unlikely that he ever visited England. Despite this, people throughout the world know St George (5) the dragon-slaying patron saint of England.
Very little (6) known nowadays about the real St George. He was probably born into a noble Christian family in the late third century in Cappadocia, an area (7) is now in Turkey. He followed (8) father's example, became a soldier and served under the Roman Emperor Diocletian. When the emperor ordered the persecution of Christians, George refused to (9) part. In 303, he was tortured and executed in Palestine, becoming an early Christian martyr. St George's Day is celebrated in England (10) 23 April, reputed to be the day of George's martyrdom in 303.
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