Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) usually start blooming around the traditional feast day of St. George on April 23rd, and as a result, they are known as the flower of St. George.
St. George in History
St. George is the patron saint of England. He’s best known for fighting and killing a dragon, even though it’s highly unlikely that he ever even visited England and dragons are notoriously hard to come by. Most scholars think that St. George was an officer in the Roman army who converted to Christianity. The Emperor Diocletian allegedly subjected St. George to unspeakable torture before finally beheading him in Palestine, near the city of Lydda, in AD 303. Early Christians honored him as a holy martyr, and later he became the official patron saint of the crusades. Followers eventually stole his arm and turned it into a sacred relic. As time went by, the life of St. George became the stuff of exaggerated legend as his story spread throughout Europe.
St. George and the Dragon
The dragon was a common symbol for the devil during the Medieval period, and the famous story about St. George slaughtering the dragon is an allegory of good against evil. The story actually has pre-Christian origins, and several other saints allegedly performed the same feat long before St. George.
According to Wikipedia,
“The tradition tells that a fierce dragon was causing panic at the city of Silene, Libya, at the time George arrived there. In order to prevent the dragon from devastating people from the city, they gave two sheep each day to the dragon, but when the sheep were not enough they were forced to sacrifice humans instead of the two sheep. The human to be sacrificed was elected by the city’s own people and that time the king’s daughter was chosen to be sacrificed but no one was willing to take her place. George saved the girl by slaying the dragon with a lance. The king was so grateful that he offered him treasures as a reward for saving his daughter’s life, but George refused it and instead he gave these to the poor. The people of the city were so amazed at what they had witnessed that they became Christians and were all baptized.
In later years, the location shifted to England. Legend has it that St. George slaughtered the dragon on Dragon Hill in Uffington, Berkshire, and even now, no grass grows in the place where the dragon’s blood flowed down the hill.
Bluebells Free Coloring Page
“Bluebells” is an 8 1/2 x 11 free printable, instant download coloring page. I created the drawing by hand with pen and ink, then I digitized the image and converted it to PDF, JPG and PNG formats. You can use the PNG if you want to resize the image or color the page digitally. The JPG is best for either digital coloring or printing, while the PDF is best for printing.
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