Fleur De Lis


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French for "flower of the lily", this is a common symbol used in medieval heraldry, but is most notable with France, because of their common use of gold fleur-de-lis on royal blue backgrounds. It was used on their flags, coats of arms, and royal robes (as in the picture, although Napoleon swapped that for gold eagles on a vermilion background).

It's still used in Spain and Luxemburg due to their royalty being part of the Burbon line.

In modern fiction, it's often a motif to refer to the grander styles of old.

Examples:

  • The call girl service in L.A. Confidential was called this (I would have liked to use the matchbook for the picture, but I couldn't find one).
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