Happy St George’s Day

Happy St George’s Day WordPressers!

My Inspiration for today, St George and the stories surrounding him (everyone loves a good story), might even be inspired to do a few doodles or tales of my own later today, but for now…

The Myth:

The cultural image of Saint George slaying a dragon comes from Medieval legends of his past (initially invented by a French bishop), when tales of knights became a storytelling mainstay.

This better-known myth, The Golden Legend, involves Saint George coming across marshland in Libya, where a city was continually menaced by a dragon.

The townspeople fed the dragon sheep to keep it placated, and when that no longer worked, they started to elect human sacrifices.

For one of these sacrifices, the king’s daughter was selected, but Saint George arrived in the nick of time to intervene.

He faced down the dragon on horseback and managed to mortally wound the beast, but instead of landing the final blow, he decided to tame it, and delivered his prize back to the city.

Google Image - St George

The Facts:

He wasn’t English at all.

George, a Christian, is believed to have been born in Cappadocia, an area which is now in Turkey in the 3rd century AD.

He then went on to live in Palestine and became a soldier in the Roman army.

He later protested against Rome’s persecution of Christians and was imprisoned and tortured, but stayed true to his faith.

His life ended when he was beheaded at Lydda in Palestine.

 

My favourite version of St George’s Day:

In the book, Dracula by Bram Stoker, evil things are said to occur on St George’s Day, beginning at midnight. The date of St George’s Day presented in the book, 5 May (on the Western, Gregorian Calendar), is St George’s Day as observed by the Eastern Orthodox churches of that era.

(Excerpt from Dracula, 1897) “Do you know what day it is?” I answered that it was the fourth of May. She shook her head as she said again: “Oh, yes! I know that, I know that! but do you know what day it is?” On my saying that I did not understand, she went on: “It is the eve of St. George’s Day. Do you not know that tonight, when the clock strikes midnight, all the evil things in the world will have full sway?”

 

 

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A Rich Woman Abandoned This Apartment In 1942. What They Just Found Inside Is Incredible.

This is such an amazing story about Madame de Florian who was a French socialite and actress who fled to the south of France during World War II. Since 1942, the apartment has been sitting untouched, until recently when an auctioneer entered her apartment. What he found was a time capsule, full of treasures.

The apartment was covered in dust, perfectly preserved.

An amazing, inspiring tale.
http://themetapicture.com/abandoned-this-apartment-from-1942/

The Most Heartbreaking Abandoned Place on Earth

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This has had a bit of a snowball reaction in inspiring a vast variety of genre’s I wouldn’t normally choose to read (not to mention have a dabble in writing). Imagine my excitement in finding out this beautiful quaint little story in the news today – The Most Heartbreaking Abandoned Place on Earth. This truly does evoke traditional childhood horror stories of wandering souls in a time-warp returning to each day to the place the called home unaware the rest of the world has moved on. Or a story of a true love returning to this desolate place each day hoping his lover who was taken from him finally returns home. I could go on but I am sure you get the gist. The past can be the most fascinating inspiration for the future.

Fairy Women & The Fairy Godmother – Inspiration

Interesting notes from Judy Allen – Fantasy Encyclopaedia.

Fairy women can appear almost human but can also blend in and camouflage in the trees and forest.

The original fairy godmother from early Greek or Roman mythology where called “the Fates”. In Scandinavia they where called Nornir or Norns. There are 3 of them and they foretell a human’s destiny. This belief later changed to them bringing good fortune, talents and abilities to a newborn.

I thought this was interesting information and could be woven into a vampire/mythical novel similar to something a Charlaine Harris novel.