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l’Ordre du Sainct Esprit
France, between 1583 and 1585
MS M.927. Fol. 014r

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Heraldry, French: René de Rochefort -- Escutcheon decorated with the heraldry of René de Rochefort: azure semy of billets or, in chief argent a lion passant gules, a bordure engrailed gules
; surrounded by two collars one knotted and interspersed with scallop shells of the Order of the Holy Spirit, and one of interlocking M's alternating with fleur de lis of the Order of Saint Michael, oval medallion of Archangel Michael (transfixing dragon?) and Maltese Cross of the Order of the Holy Spirit in which is dove; above all, crest, out of torse on helmet proper, eagle, scrolling foliage. Supporters, pair of lions rampant.

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