Fleur De Lys

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The Legend

The English translation of "fleur-de-lis" (sometimes spelled "fleur-de-lys") is "flower of the lily." This symbol has been described by some as depicting a stylized lily or lotus flower, but other historians attribute its origin lớn a species of wild iris, the Iris pseudacorus. (See Wikipedia article.)

Traditionally, it has been used to represent French royalty, và in that sense it is said khổng lồ signify perfection, light, & life. Legend has it that an angel presented Clovis, the Merovingian king of the Franks, with a golden lily (or iris) as a symbol of his purification upon his conversion khổng lồ Christianity. Others claim that Clovis adopted the symbol when waterlilies showed him how khổng lồ safely cross a river và thus succeed in battle.

The History

In the twelfth century, either King Louis VI or King Louis VII (sources disagree) became the first French monarch to lớn use the fleur-de-lis on his shield. English kings later used the symbol on their coats of arms lớn emphasize their claims khổng lồ the throne of France. In the 14th century, the fleur-de-lis was often incorporated into the family insignia that was sewn on the knight"s surcoat, which was worn over their coat of mail, thus the term, "coat of arms." The original purpose of identification in battle developed into a system of social status designations after 1483 when King Edmund IV established the Heralds" College lớn supervise the granting of armor insignia.




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Religion và War

Joan of Arc carried a white banner that showed God blessing the French royal emblem, the fleur-de-lis, when she led French troops to lớn victory over the English in support of the Dauphin, Charles VII, in his quest for the French throne. The Roman Catholic Church ascribed the lily as the special emblem of the Virgin Mary. Due to its three "petals," the fleur-de-lis has also been used to represent the Holy Trinity. Military units, including divisions of the United States Army, have used the symbol"s resemblance to lớn a spearhead lớn identify martial power and strength.




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