There are two camps in England when it comes to who would be the best patron saint, St Edmund or St George, and both are being promoted in a surprising way: Facebook. While George has been the preferred saint since Richard the Lionheart, Edmund is gaining support.
"Edmund is an indigenous Anglo-Saxon who died in defence of the Christian religion, whereas St George is a foreigner," said Clive Paine, a Suffolk historian, author and lecturer, and unlike many early saints, Edmund was a real person. George, of dragon-killing fame, is considered to be a myth. Another strong argument for Edmund is the fact that he is a unique saint in England, where George is the patron saint of 17 countries.
The debate continues.