Friday, February 27, 2015

Fleur de Lis vs. the Double Headed Eagle

The Fleur de Lis and the Double Headed Eagle are both symbols associated with monarchies. There is even old talk that the Fleur de Lis was inspired by the double headed eagle of Byzantium. That does not make it on the Wikipedia page because Wikipedia is a folk encyclopedia. These are awesome symbols.

Either one is a good choice for an entity's symbol. Having French roots, I have seen the fleur de lis on plenty of items. It is crisp and clean. There is a simple beauty to it.



I am also a believer that the fleur de lis was a stylized homage tot he double headed eagle. The DHE is much more fierce looking and signifies the power of the monarch. The might as well as legal leadership is symbolized by the eagle's talons gripping a monarch's symbols. The two heads can look east and west to always have an eye on the borders and project the face of the empire to those barbarians. It is used quite often and very well by monarchies through the years.

Russia
Byzantium
Habsburg
Germany
If secession becomes a hot topic and mini-nations pop up, can we all agree to be a little creative? Fleur de lis or double headed eagle, let us try to match the creativity and fun of our European ancestors.

11 comments:

deconstructingleftism said...

I like the cross/sword of Santiago Matamoros.

The English flag- a red St. Georg's cross on a white field- is actually based on this, the flag of the Society of St. James/Santiago.

If you want a subtly nationalist symbol, you can put the English flag on your car, and if anybody asks about it you can just say you're a soccer fan.

peterike said...

Ahhh, Europe. Magnificent. Astonishing how it all went so wrong.

Camlost said...

Well, it the SHFT we've already got a ready-made flag to use down here once again but it doesn't feature flowers.

PA said...

Countries usually have flags and coats of arms. The latter are usually elaborate (and usually feature eagles) but flags are normally simple. You want to be able to have your women sew them quickly and with basic fabrics when time comes to fight.

nikcrit said...

O.T.@regular commenters at SOBL:

check this out; I wonder if this sets some ominous legal precedent...My fine, humble Dairy State makes the national headlines once again...

http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/insurance-must-pay-max-for-death-of-undocumented-17-year-old-mexican-worker-b99452855z1-294375301.html

Camlost said...

@ Nikcrit - I'm thinking that his beneficiaries will be making themselves known quite soon from below the border.

But worker's comp funds are actually paid by the employer's policy (even for under-the-table workers) so this shouldn't be costing the taxpayer anything.

Anonymous said...

I like the Carlist flag.

sykes.1 said...

I was born under the Lily, and live under the Rose.

peterike said...

OT: Wondering if we'll get a post on this Nemtsov, the "opposition leader" shot in Russia. Knowing nothing about him, I did a quick check: Jewish, of course. What a surprise. Probably a wanna-be oligarch that deserved what he got. Or, very possibly a false-flag opp by US/Mossad to further drive towards war.

Son of Brock Landers said...

Peterike - Waiting for the planned March 1st protest in Russia. All protests need a martyr right? Let's look for mass flyers and posters of his face in their hands before we scream cia assassination.

Pvt. Jaybird said...

I admit, I am biased, but among American flags the City of St. Louis takes the cake.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_St._Louis,_Missouri.svg

The City of Baltimore
http://fotw.fivestarflags.com/images/u/us-md-b.gif

The State of Maryland:
http://fotw.fivestarflags.com/images/u/us-md.gif

Maryland's is my favorite of the state flags since it's the only one to have noble appearance. It's also the only state flag that requires a cross to be used as a bottony.