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l’Ordre du Sainct Esprit
France, between 1583 and 1585
MS M.927. Fol. 009r

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Heraldry, French: Tristan de Rostaing -- Escutcheon decorated with the heraldry of Tristan de Rostaing: azure a fess or and a wheel of the same
; 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 helmet proper is half-figure of wild man, body covered in hair, with right hand resting club on shoulder, scrolling foliage. Supporters, pair of bearded wild men, bodies covered in hair, wearing wreath-like loin coverings, raising clubs.

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