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9.15.2005

Fleur de Lys

"It is at first sight so difficult to explain the reason why, when other great potentates were assuming for their armorial emblems the lion, the eagle ... the sovereigns of France should have preferred the apparently humble iris-flower, that we are hardly surprised to find the fact accounted for by the tradition that it was brought from heaven itself by an angel to Clovis, King of France, on the occasion of his baptism, as a special mark of favor on the part of the Blessed Virgin, whose peculiar symbol the lily has always been."
Discoveries: Heraldry by Michel Pastoureau


iris fragrance:
Guerlain Après L’Ondée
Hermès Hiris
Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile
Frédéric Malle Iris Poudre
Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist


lily fragrance:
Yosh Stargazer 7.71
Serge Lutens Un Lys
Frédéric Malle Lys Méditerranée

2 Comments:

Blogger Laura said...

Somebody's been reading her Pastoureau ;D.
CdG makes a good lily as does Renne (can't remember if it has an accented e)--it's called Mediterranean Lily.

11:47 AM

 
Blogger mireille said...

ack, yes! I put quotes around it and then didn't cite! xoxo

11:50 AM

 

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