This elegant medieval belt is named after Saint George (George of Lydda), a Roman officer of Greek origin who served in the Praetorian Guard of Emperor Diocletian and was executed in AD 303 for refusing to renounce his Christian faith. Canonized as a saint in 494 AD, his veneration as a Great Martyr spread throughout the Middle East and Europe throughout the centuries.
At the time of the Crusades (11th / 12th centuries), Saint George had become one of the most revered military saints. He was praised as a model of chivalry, and the myths and legends surrounding his life and events (the most popular: the legend of Saint George and the Dragon) continued to be passed down from generation to generation in the Middle Ages. Representations of him in the High and Low Middle Ages, often depicted riding a white horse, are innumerable.