PGD 1dore2Doré, Paul Gustave, (pronounced Doray): French artist and engraver of the 19th century, famed for his fine, dramatic and passionate illustrations of works by Lord Byron, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, Dante’s Divine Comedy, and illustrated copies of the English Bible, to name but a few.

DTT 1ASL1 The Dragons Tale Table Lamp.

The inscriptions decorating the dragons column represent a mediaeval legend whose roots go back to the times before the great flood.

For generations the ancient text could e found in the great history of Alexandria before it was lost beneath the waves.

The Alogorical hydroglyphics symbolise alchemical processes first taught to the most enlightened scholars of the first civilizations in the Euphrates valley by the Levant angel, a mysterious and covert messenger of Gods true message.

St Levantius' teachings though cloaked in symbols of star lore, dragons and unicorns go far beyond these simple concepts of good and evil.

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Eden: Pivotal location of the creation myth, first described in the Book of Genesis. Known as the place where the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, succumbed to the will of the serpent and ate forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. It is often used as an allegory for the roots of human sin

ET 1Teach, Edward: The fearsome, archetypal pirate more commonly known as Blackbeard. Operating throughout the waters of the Caribbean Sea during the 18th century, he ruthlessly plundered merchant ships and fought fierce, running battles with the British navy.

Legend suggests that he also wore lit matches tied into his beard, the better to intimidate enemies. His reputation as a bloodthirsty pillager is well documented throughout history, and Teach happily revelled in his reputation as a barbarian. Although he accepted a pardon and eventually retired from piracy, his end came at the hands of Robert Maynard and his men; while fighting the Lieutenant, a naval soldier slit Blackbeard’s throat, severing his head – which hung from the bowspirit of the Adventure thereafter.

EEU 1Empress Eugenie: Born in Granada, Spain, Eugénie de Montijo was the last Empress Consort of the French between 1853 and 1871, and husband of Emperor Napoleon III. While their marriage was thought to be questionable due to it being a love match – not arranged for any diplomatic purpose – and she was treated with some contempt by her people, Eugénie proved to be a wise and fair consort, often acting as Regent in Napoleon’s absence. In fact, so enamoured was Napoleon of his wife that he presented her with a lavish wedding gift; the Blue Heart, or Empress Eugénie Diamond. Influencing the trends of fashion throughout Europe, she also proved to be a strong advocate for the papal temporal powers in Italy, which caused her much slander by the anti-clericals of France. After the battle of Sedan and the capture of her husband, Eugénie fled Paris and went into exile, where she lived out the rest of her days.

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Epona: Celtic goddess of fertility and protector of horses, donkeys and mules, held in high regard by both Gaelic and Roman cultures. It is thought that Epona and her horses led the human soul into the afterlife.

EZE 1ezekiel2Ezekiel: Israelite exile chosen by God to deliver his prophecies during the 6th century BC. Regarded as a saint in Christianity and third of the major prophets in Judaism, he foretold the destruction of the city of Juda. His greatest miracle was bringing the dead back to life, told in The Bible, chapter 37 of the Book of Ezekiel.

FDL 1Fleur-de-Lis: also known as the Merovingian Lily, the three-pronged flower-head was as very sacred symbol, (of the goddess Juno - the Lilly Maid, mother of war god, Mars), used by the early Gauls and the powerful Salian Frankish dynasty that reigned across France from circa 481 to 751, and continued as the representation of France by the Normans. Used in many other European coats of arms during the Middle Ages, the Fleur-de-Lis also had martial as well as religious connotations. The Roman Catholic Church decreed that it should be the emblem of the Virgin Mary and therefore symbolic of the holy bloodline, or Sangraal, while the three petals of its flower are thought to represent not only the Holy Trinity, but also the Christian values of faith, wisdom and chastity. However, the Lilly’s meaning holds striking duality and affinity to Mars, as well as the values of war; Joan of Arc carried the Fleur-de-Lis on her flag as she rode with her French troops to victory in battle, while the military often interpret its shape into that of an ornate, upright spearhead – indicating power, fearsome force and brute strength.

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