Knights have a special place in history and folklore not just because they’re romantic (even though their stories of courage definitely are) but because we can’t help but love a little bit of adventure. We should know – we chose a knight as our logo!
This year in honour of St. George’s Day, we’ve rounded up a list of our very favourites of the best knights in history. It’s filled with gallant, brave figures of the past and present that have helped protect England, or brought a little bit of fun.
History of the Anglian Knight
The Anglian Knight has been a hallmark for Anglian Home Improvements since the very beginning, when the company was founded by George Williams. He’s a symbol of pride, protection, reliability and leadership, and is loosely based on the statue of Richard the Lionheart in London.
Williams’ ultimate goal for Anglian was to build a product that protects peoples’ homes from the elements. And as knights are historically depicted as heroes and protectors, matching the two up was an easy choice. From there, he started to tie in the names of Anglian products with the Anglian Knight, with White Knight for the colour of our uPVC windows and Royal Knight representing dark woodgrain.
Though his appearance has changed over the years, the Anglian Knight has stuck by the company through thick and thin. We certainly think he’s one of the best knights in history, but we might be a little biased. At any rate, we have a feeling he’ll continue to represent Anglian’s quest to bring the best in windows doors and conservatories for years to come.
Why do we celebrate St. George’s Day?
St. George’s Day honours England’s patron saint, St. George. According to legend, he was a Roman soldier that was killed for refusing to renounce his Christian faith. Because he and his story were so popular during the times of the Hundred Years’ War and the Crusades, St. George became England’s patron saint in the Tudor period.
There are even some stories in history that claim St. George slayed a dragon! He did so in order to protect a princess that was offered up to the dragon as a sacrifice, but saved her and freed the townspeople from the beast’s control.
Nowadays, we celebrate St. George’s Day on the day of his death, the 23rd April. It used to be a public holiday but is now just a day of observance. Around England, it’s traditionally observed with parades, and some towns and cities will fly flags with St. George’s cross – also known as the English flag!
Icons used in infographic all from the Noun Project:
Rat – Created by Yu luck, Fish – Created by Dinosoft, Piano – Lisa Krymova, Music note – Naveen, Speech symbol – Thays Malcher, Gold – Iconsphere, Knight – Anbileru Adaleru, House – Vectors Market, Book – Icon fair, Waves – Mohit Arora, Trumpet – Robert Bjurshagen, Witch – Lastspark, Calendar – Iconsphere, Medal – Mikicon, Dragon – BGBOXXX, Sword location – Lastpark