Woke uni students warned the legend of St George slaying the dragon might upset or offend them

Woke uni students warned the legend of St George slaying the dragon might upset or offend them

UNIVERSITY bosses issued a trigger warning about the legend of St George — to prevent woke students getting upset.

They fear the tale of how England’s patron saint slayed a dragon and was then martyred for being a Christian may distress or offend them.

University students have been warned that the tale of St George slaying the dragon may be distressing to them
University students have been warned that the tale of St George slaying the dragon may be distressing to themCredit: Bridgeman Art Library

The Legend Of St George, a 15th-century poem by John Lydgate, was deemed worthy of a warning to English Literature students at the University of East Anglia.

They were told: “This text tells the story of St George and his martyrdom which contains descriptions of and allusions to torture and violence leading to his death. It also contains discriminatory language, particularly with reference to ethnicity and religion.”

Students were told to talk to their tutor if they have concerns.

But former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe said: “If students do not know that in medieval times they were quite violent and had very different attitudes towards race, then they are not fit to be at university.

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“The mere fact that it’s a medieval poem should warn them they may not find nice, comfy 21st century language there.”

Frank Furedi, emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent, added: “People are going through our history looking for things to be offended by.”

A UEA spokesman said: “We want to prepare students to have a robust debate. We have various mechanisms in place and trigger warnings are just one of these.”

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