Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Flags of the French Religious-Civil Wars (1)

Cornette of King Henry IV of France

There are many descriptions of this color, preserved in letters of the period. The field is striped (from the top) red, white, blue, red, white, blue. The devices are as follows: clubs (or maces) of Hercules – white; all other devices (including sword, crossed sceptres, and the cypher “H” surmounted by a crown) – yellow or gold. The motto is DVO PROTEGIT VNVS (DUO PROTEGIT UNUS = Two Protected One).

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