Saturday, April 2, 2011

A flood of images

The connections between all the images of the fleur de lis comes into focus with each sighting. I begin to notice patterns in the context each sighting is found and the purpose for each image. The book cover for Savage Wilderness reinforces what I have read about in The fleurs de lis of the kings of France, 1285-1488 by William M. Hinckle. What was most helpful to see while reading this book was the connection between why both France and Englan used the fleur de lis on their coat of arms. At one point France and England were governed under a dual monarchy. The bread wrapper is another way that the image has shifted from an image of regalia to an image used in the food industry like the De Loach wine.The same idea is strenghtened by the use of the fleur de lis in architecture from Buckingham palace to a lamp finial which can be purchased by anyone today at Lowes. The image becomes one of decor rather than an image of regalia and the public at large appears to be more interested in the style rather than in denoting status. From clothing such as a robe being an object of regalia now the fleur de lis has taken on a more urban look which can be added onto any article of clothing through an iron on patch.


  1. Misty,

    do you think the image retains some of its royal feel of pomp-&-regalia even in its mass market variations? Do you think it would be marketed without that cultural context? (That is, do you have any reason to believe that the symbol has an inherent attraction that transcends specific context, or not?)

    You're building a rich set of examples, which should enhance your finished argument.

  2. you're not only getting a good collection, you're writing interestingly about what you're finding. keep collecting. keep reading for context. keep writing. have you approached Alex yet as a possible advisor?