The French monarchy adopted the
Fleur-de-Lys for their royal coat of
arms as a symbol of purity. According to legend, an angel descended with
the Fleur-de-Lys ampulla to anoint
the king, strengthening the belief
that Kingship was a gift from God.
In medieval England, from the mid-12th century, a noblewoman’s seal often showed the lady with a Fleur-de-Lys, drawing on the connotations of
“female virtue and spirituality”.