Badges of Henry II of England

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From Inquiries into the Origin and Process of the Science of Heraldry in England by James Dallaway, p425

The left (a genet, or a small mammal resembling a civet or mongoose, between two broom plants, or genêt in French) is an allusion to Henry’s family name of Plantagenet, and the right, an escarbuncle, is derived from the arms of the House of Anjou.


Arms of Edward, the Black Prince



Blazon: Sable three feathers palewise, each impaling a scroll charged with “Ich Dien.”

It should be noted that the Black Prince officially bore the arms of England with the customary label argent; the arms pictured above were used “for peace,” i.e. jousts and tournaments, and they functioned more as a badge than as a coat of arms proper.

Margaret, wife of Henry VI, bore a margarite for her device. The daisey, in French, is called margarite. When the Queen came over, all the nobility and knights of England, wore it in their hats in token of honour.

From Historical Anecdotes of Heraldry and Chivalry by Susanna Dawson Dobson, 321

From this, John, King of Bohemia, came the peculiar crest and motto of the Prince of Wale, which was assumed by the Black Prince after this battle… three ostrich feathers with the motto Ich Dien.

From Historical Anecdotes of Heraldry and Chivalry by Susanna Dawson Dobson, p291

Some families, as has already been observed, have no crests; a still greater number have no mottoes; and supporters belong to an exclusive few. Badges are still more unusual, and in modern times it would perhaps be a matter of difficulty to enumerate twenty families who use them.

From The Curiosities of Heraldry by M. A. Lower