Arms of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France

Bourgogne-Franche-Comte

Granted July 12th, 2017

Blazon: Per quarterly I azure semé de lis or a bordure gobony argent and gules, II and III azure biletté and a lion rampant crowned or, armed and langued gules, IV bendy of six or and azure a bordure gules

This is why I’m glad I’m revisiting these! As it turns out, there was an administrative reorganization of France in 2016 – and I did most of the regional French arms in 2014, so some of these arms are going to be brand new! (To me, at least.) Some regions did stay the same, but Bourgogne-Franche-Comté is only about three and a half years old. That being said, the design operates on pretty much the same principle as the name – the first and fourth quarters come from the former arms of Burgundy, and the second and third are the former arms of Franche-Comte.

The Burgundian quarters are, respectively, the arms of the county (later duchy) of Touraine and the House of Burgundy. The arms of Franche-Comté were allegedly adopted by Count Palatine Otto IV in 1280 when he switched his allegiance to France from the Holy Roman Empire. He previously bore gules, an eagle displayed argent, but opted for the azure and or to mimic the French arms.

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Arms of the House of Montefeltro

Montefeltro

In use since 1444?

Blazon: Bendy of six azure and or, on a chief of the last a double-headed eagle displayed sable, armed and crowned of the second

Around 1140, the family came into possession of a castle on the hill Mons Feretrius (Hill of Jupiter Feretrius), from which the family name is derived. It seems likely that they began using the eagle in their arms (sometimes on a chief, as seen here, and sometimes on one of the bends) when they were appointed Dukes of Urbino in 1444.

Arms of Valdegovía, Spain

Valdegovia

Granted 1999

Blazon: Per fess I per pale i per quarterly 1 and 4 gules a castle triple-towered or windowed azure (Castile), 2 and 3 argent a lion rampant gules crowned or (León), ii per pale 1 or four palets gules (Aragon) and 2 per saltire a. and d. or four palets gules (Aragon) and b. and c. argent an eagle displayed sable crowned or (Sicily), pointé in base argent a pomegranate slipped and seeded proper (Granada); overall in the honor point an escutcheon gules a chain in saltire, cross, and orle or, charged with a center point vert (Navarre), in the nombril point an escutcheon argent five escutcheons in cross azure each charged with as many plates in saltire, all within a bordure gules charged with seven castles or (Portugal); II per quarterly i gules a fess argent (Austria), ii azure semé de lis or within a bordure compony gules and argent (Burgundy moderne), iii bendy of six or and azure within a bordure gules (Burgundy ancien), iv sable a lion rampant crowned or, armed and langued gules (Brabant), overall in the fess point an escutcheon per pale or a lion rampant sable armed and langued gules (Flanders) and argent an eagle displayed gules armed and langued or (Tyrol)

Arms of John the Fearless

Count of Nevers 1384-1385, duke of Burgundy and count of Artois and Étampes 1404-1419, count of Flanders 1405-1419 (1371-1419)

Blazon: Per quarterly I and IV azure semé de lis or within a bordure compony gules and argent (Burgundy moderne); II and III bendy of six or and azure within a bordure gules (Burgundy ancien); overall an escutcheon or a lion rampant sable, armed and langued gules (Flanders)

Arms of Philip the Bold

Duke of Touraine 1360-1363, duke of Burgundy 1363-1404, count of Étampes 1387-1404 (1342-1404)

Blazon: Per quarterly I and IV azure semé de lis or within a bordure compony gules and argent (Touraine or Burgundy moderne); II and III bendy of six or and azure within a bordure gules (Burgundy ancien)

Philip earned the appellation of “the Bold” for fighting beside his father at the Battle of Poitiers when he was 14 years old.

Arms of Alfonso XIII

King of Spain 1886-1931* (1886-1941)

Blazon: Tierced per fess; I per pale i per pale per saltire a. and d. Aragon, b. and c. argent an eagle displayed sable, armed and langued gules (Sicily) and 2 argent a cross potent between four crosses couped or (Jerusalem), ii per pale 1 gules a fess argent (Austria) and 2 azure semé de lis or within a bordure compony argent and gules (Burgundy ancien); II per pale i or six fleurs-de-lis azure in orle (Farnese) and ii or five torteaux in orle, in chief a roundel of France (Medici); III per pale i bendy of six or and azure within a bordure gules (Burgundy moderne) and ii sable a lion rampant crowned or, armed and langued gules (Brabant), pointé per pale or a lion rampant sable armed and langued gules (Flanders) and argent an eagle displayed gules armed and langued or (Tyrol); overall an escutcheon per quarterly I gules a castle triple-towered or, windowed azure (Castile), II argent a lion rampant gules crowned or (León), III or four palets gules (Aragon), IV gules a chain in orle, cross, and saltire charged with a center point vert (Navarre), enté en point argent a pomegranate proper seeded gules, slipped and leaved vert (Granada) and charged in the fess point with an escutcheon an escutcheon azure three fleurs-de-lis or within a bordure gules (Bourbon-Anjou)

*He started bearing this particular version of the arms only in 1931.