In Christian belief, the dragon is a symbol of the devil and therefore of evil. A struggle against the dragon represents a conflict with the powers of darkness. Defeated dragons are shown chained or trodden underfoot by the victor.
This window shows St George, the patron saint of England, slaying the dragon. In medieval legend, St George was a Christian knight who killed a dragon that was terrorising the local population. The people then converted to Christianity.
- Stained glass window showing St George and the Dragon
- England, 1840
- Museum no. C.315-1976
So the great dragon was thrown down, that serpent of old that led the whole world astray, whose name is Satan, or the Devil.