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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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