Flory Coat Of Arms
(FAMILY TRADITION AND FAMILY LEGEND DICTATES - )THE FLEUR-DE-LIS EMBLEM IN THIS SHIELD MEANS (FLEUR) FLOWER (DE) OF (LIS) LILIES, WHICH IS OF FREQUENT OCCURRENCE IN THE EGYPTIAN AND ORIENTAL ART AND HAS BEEN VARIOUSLY EXPLAINED AS THE FLOWER OF THE LOTUS, THE WHITE LILY, AND THE IRIS.
IT IS A HERALDIC DEVISE OF DISPUTED ORIGIN. BEST KNOWN AS THE BEARING OF THE ROYAL FAMILY OF FRANCE AND FLORENCE. THE EMPRESS THEODORA, (A.D. 527) BORE ONE IN HER CROWN.
LEGEND CLAIMS THAT IT WAS GIVEN TO THE CLOVES FLEURS, LATER FLEURY AND NOW FLORY IN A DREAM BY AN ANGEL IN 1147. HOWEVER, LOUIS V11 ADOPTED IT ON THE ROYAL SEAL IN 1137. THE COAT OF ARMS OF ANCIENT FRANCE (1179) WAS A BLUE FIELD SPRINKLED WITH SILVER FLEUR-DE-LIS, WITH GOLD EDGES. THEIR NUMBER WAS REDUCED TO THREE IN 1364.
ENGLAND BORE THE LILIES OF FRANCE FROM 1340-1801. IN THE YEAR 1640 IT WAS ADOPTED BY THE WELL KNOWN FRENCH POET AND STATESMAN, CLAUDE FLEURY, AND IN THE YEARS 1653 TO 1743 WAS HELD BY THE ROYAL CARDINAL, ANDRE-DE-FLEURY.
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