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Lion

(a public-house sign).

Black lion comes from the Flemings.

“Au noir lyon la fleur-de-lis

Prist la terre de ca le Lys.”


Godefroy de Paris.

Blue, the badge of the Earl of Mortimer, also of Denmark.

Blue seems frequently to represent silver; thus we have the Blue Boar of Richard III., the Blue Lion of the Earl of Mortimer, the Blue Swan of Henry IV., the Blue Dragon, etc.

Crowned, the badge of Henry VIII.

Golden, the badge of Henry I., and also of Percy, Duke of Northumberland.

Passant gardant (walking and showing a full face), the device of England.

Rampant, the device of Scotland.

Rampant, with the tail between its legs and turned over its back, the badge of Edward IV. as Earl of March.

Red, of Scotland; also the badge of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, who assumed this badge as a token of his claim to the throne of Castile.

Sleeping, the device of Richard I.

Statant gardant (i.e. standing and showing a full face), the device of the Duke of Norfolk.

White, the device of the Dukes of Norfolk; also of the Earl of Surrey, Earl of Mortimer, and the Fitz-Hammonds.


“For who, in field or foray slack,

Saw the blanche lion eʹer fall back? [Duke of Norfolk].”


The winged lion. The republic of Venice. Its heraldic device.

White and Red Lions. Prester John, in a letter to Manuel Comnenus, of Constantinople, 1165, says his land is “the home of white and red lions.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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