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Den norske løve med øks og kroner (skjoldet med blomster)

Kong Erik IIs segl

“(…) Dobbeltsegl (…) 94 mm., i 2 eksemplarer:

b) i voks paa nedklippet pergamentsrem under diplom dat. Bjorgvin 13. mars 1285 (trykt i Dipl. Norv. V. nr. 13 og i Lüb. Urkundenbuch I. nr. 471 (s. 427 ff), i Brem. Urkb. I. nr. 418 (s. 450), i Meklenb. Urkb. III. nr. 785, i Liv-, Esth- u. Curl. Urkb. I nr. 495, i Hans. Urkb. I nr. 970 (s. 332)) i Lübeks Staatsarchivs Trese, Norvagica nr. 6. Tegninger av H. Thorsen.

II. Vaabensegl. REX ERICVS [eg]O: NORICA: REGNA: REGO” 1

“These roses can be considered devices to make a difference between the arms of the father and the son (who, it should be said, was a co-king between the age of 5 and 12 just for the purpose to be sure of his succession). These arms were painted in Camden Roll, dated 1280 ca. (no. D13): Le rey de Norwey, with the legend: l’escu de goules a un leun rampant de or od une hache d’argent.”2

“This crown may have been added after his coronation on 2 July 1280.” 2
“After his coming of age he omitted the roses” 2

“He also added 23 roses to the shield, but these were already removed in 1285. The meaning of the roses is still unclear.” 3

Note: We can see similar flowers related to the king, in a drawing from some years before the aforementioned seal.

Paris, M.: “Life of St Edward the Confessor” c. 1250-60. s. 67
  1. Brinchmann, Chr.: “Norske konge-sigiller og andre fyrste-sigiller fra middelalderen” Utg. [s.n.]. 1924.
  2. de Vries, H.: “Norge, Norway: «Royal Arms»” © 2013-2019
  3. Hartemink, R.:”National Arms of Norway” Heraldry of the World, 1995-2018
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