St. George character jug prototype modeled by Robert I. Tabbenor and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in a 1998 limited edition of 2,500 commissioned by Lawleys By Post. The popular image of Saint George, the patron saint of England since 1344, is as a victorious dragon slayer on a white horse. In an old legend, St. George is said to have saved a King's daughter from certain death by slaying a fearful fire-breathing dragon that ravaged the land and demanded a daily human sacrifice. Also known as the Red Cross Knight, Saint George is thought to have been a Christian martyr in Imperial Rome. The Crusaders brought home stories of how his specter had appeared and helped them to victory at Antioch when all seemed lost. "St. George" became the Crusaders' battle cry, and he was subsequently adopted as the patron saint of fighting men. He was officially acclaimed as the patron saint in the fourteenth century when Edward III instituted the Order of the Garter in his honor, one of the highest awards that anyone can receive. The magnificent procession of knights which passes St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle is still carried out on St. George's Feast Day, April 23. A dragon and flag of St. George form the handle of this jug.