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St. George and St. Denis
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1067  Thursday, 29 October 1998.

From:           Lee Zhao <
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Date:           Thursday, 29 Oct 1998 09:16:17 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        St. George and St. Denis

This question is probably less in the scope of Shakespeare, but more in
the scope of theology.  In Henry V, Henry says to Katherine "Shall not
thou and I, between Saint Denis and Saint George, compound a boy,
half-French half-English, that shall go to Constantinople and take the
Turk by the beard?"(Henry V, V, ii, 193-196).  Of course, St. George is
the Patron Saint of England, but as far as I know France's Patron Saint
is Joan of Arc.  I guess St. Denis will have to do for Henry, since if I
am not mistaken, Joan of Arc lived later than Henry V(actually, I'm not
too sure about that either).  Anyway, does any one know when the French
changed their Patron Saint.


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