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fleur-de-lis

A stylized three-petal flower representing the French royal lily, tied by an encircling band and used as an ornamental device in late Gothic architecture and in later derivatives. See also: Ornament
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fleur-de-lis

of France. [Flower Symbolism: Halberts, 28]

fleur-de-lis

symbol of the trinity; resembles lily. [Christian Symbolism: EB, IV: 182]
See: Trinity
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(15) (Which thing appears clearly to us by the very marvellous manner of finding the arms which the king of France bore until present, since just as certain Chronicles recount, the kings of France, before they were converted, used to bear three toads on their arms which were by miracle converted into three fleurs-de-lis, in honor and remembrance of all the Trinity.)
He also explains that the heavenly gift of the fleurs-de-lis in the last tapestry placed a divine seal of approval on the king's earlier conquests (84, nn.