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l’Ordre du Sainct Esprit
France, between 1583 and 1585
MS M.927. Fol. 003r

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Heraldry, French: Anne duc de Joyeuse -- Escutcheon decorated with the heraldry of Anne duc de Joyeuse: quarterly 1 and 4, azure per pale three pieces or, in chief gules charged with three cockatrices with seven heads or (Joyeuse); 2 and 3 azure a lion rampant argent, a bordure gules charged with seven fleur de lis or (Saint-Didier)
; surmounted by crown and 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, ducal coronet over helmet proper, anchor argent, surrounded by ermine-lined cape decorated with heraldic devices.

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