And so it was told . . .
the Legend of the Fleurs de Lys
Commemorating the marriage of the Duke of Bedford to Anne of Burgundy, the manuscript was given as a Christmas gift to their nephew, nine-year-old Henry VI in 1430.
It was called a "Book of Hours".
The British Library, Add. MS 18850, f.288v
We can now read the library details of this "Illuminated Manuscript."
Quote from Emily Isaacson's
THE FLEUR DE LIS:
I passed by two stone lions,
into the inner chamber,
the matchless memorial
of the Peace Tower;
at the door
and the rose
was rumoring lengths
under the ornate
gothic gold angels—
tracing my prayers, a subtle verse
with liturgy and latitude.
When they sang
in innocent plainsong,
a high purity
reached the gilt glass
stenciled in symbols
of Canada, France,
Ireland, and Wales
Justice and Liberty,
icons like saints
in anthem, breathing
through the stained glass:
tracing the water
of the sky
The Fleur-de-lis Vol I, p.9-10
What Does This Mean to Literary Enthusiasts?
Written in the medieval language of Latin, it has long been wondered what the similarity is between this high society work of religious art called the Fleur de Lys, and Emily Isaacson's 800 poem manuscript The Fleur-de-lis given as a document first to Prince William over 5 years and eventually published in three volumes as a wedding gift to commemorate the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011. Now we can see the literary details and publications that highlight this medieval text.
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This three volume book by Emily Isaacson is a modern prophecy of an event that occurred long ago...
The Fleur-de-lis - Volume I
The Laurel Wreath
by Emily Isaacson
From the prophecy in ironwork on the Peace Tower door of the fleur-de-lis, the thistle and the rose...to the unfading beauty of the gilt glass ceiling, and the icons of two angels, Justice and Liberty.
Emily writes Prince William to recapture the spirit of her country and her people. When she sends him her ecumenical document in poetry asking to be removed from the Commonwealth, it gathers dust, largely forgotten. Now, at last, it has come into the limelight. The treasured complete work, in three volumes, reveals this gem of a poet. The signatory emblem of the fleur-de-lis is a plumb-line of the inhabited world, revealing the literary landscape. With both skill and myth, Emily Isaacson navigates the waters of truce.
In this second volume of The Fleur-de-lis, the mythological land of Avalon is brought to life. The Lion and The Unicorn tapestry weaves its magic through the characters of Aurias and her brother, Opheus, a young knight. Aurias and Ethan marry and go to live at the Golden Castle of Avalon, and their four children are Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring.
The Fleur-de-lis is a collector's delight of the select works of poet Emily Isaacson. The naturalist has pulled back the veil of time, prompting reminiscence from medieval times to the present.
The Fleur-de-lis - Volume III
The Black Swan, Libertine
by Emily Isaacson
The Fleur-de-lis - Volume II
The Lion and the Unicorn, The Oracle
by Emily Isaacson
In this third volume of The Fleur-de-lis, the nature of the monarch's gift of spiritual touch is referenced and expanded into a gift of healing, endemic in its proportions. When two characters, Edward and Waverley, from an 1800s graveyard come to life, the poetry begins. The timeless Queen, King, Jack, and Ace vie for the sake of duty, politics, and passion. Justice and Liberty draw their revelation swords in defense of an eternal dominion. The perspective of Eternity from an aging world of old meteor stones makes this an enduring classic of postmodern literature that will both inspire and delight readers of all ages. Emily Isaacson once again rivets her audience with the essence of immortality and undying youth.
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Praise for The Fleur-de-lis...
Reading The Fleur-de-lis is like the refreshing fragrance in the air when the sun comes out after raining much of the day. Emily Isaacson takes you on a journey through nature line by line and poem by poem as she points to the story in a leaf or upward to the sky above. Every word dances off the pages and into your soul to brighten your day. Her finely chosen words expand the reader’s imagination: as you reap the wealth of her golden words, they glitter in your heart. Emily is truly the Poet of St. Clare and her writings will inspire you.
--Preston T. Bailey, Jr., Ph.D.