4Throne Glyph of Isis and Jacqueline Rivers
- Nov 22, 2006The Throne Glyph of Isis was depicted as floating above the head of the Goddess on many pictures available to Princess Jacqueline of Luxembourg and to her grandmother, the Italian Duchess of Andria in Apulia (Pugliese region) just south of Rome, who was high-priestess of the Mysteries of Isis in Rome.Jacqueline was the war-bride (called "Jacquetta of Bedford") of Prince John, Duke of Bedford, brother of King Henry V. Henry V and his brother John had invaded her native France and despoiled the land violently, burning townsfolk alive in their church, starving two-year-olds in the great ditch that surrounded Rouen during Christmas, uprooting and burning ancient grape-vines, kidnapping and torturing innocent peasants, and, with Irish coursers galloping around the countryside with dead French babies dangling from their saddle-bows, it was like the Trump of Doom, an echo of the Albigensian Crusade of 1244 or the Josiannic Purges of 621 BC.Catherine de Valois, the daughter of the King of France, was taken as a war-bride by King Henry V and Jacqueline princesse de Luxembourg by his brother John duke of Bedford. Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc) was betrayed by Jacquetta's own brother, Jean de Luxembourg, and brought in chains to his English brother-in-law, John, at Rouen Castle. There, Joan was gaoled, ravished by an English lord (and, afterwards, examined by Jacquetta, the duchess of the castle, herself), put on trial for two years, and ultimately burned alive in the castle courtyard. Jacquetta witnessed that with a young English knight, Thomas Malory, who became her devotee.Catherine of Valois managed to widow herself soon after having given birth to the infant Henry VI and Jacquetta managed to widow herself after the death of St. Joan of Arc. Catherine managed to become Queen Regent Katherine of Valois in London (secretly marrying a Welsh knight, Sir Owen Tudor) whilst Jacquetta openly married the English knight Sir Richard Woodville, who was a newly-made baron, Lord Rivers. That Henry V had raised him to baron had enraged the English nobility but Rivers's marriage to an imperial princess (the Luxembourgs were cousins of the Holy Roman Emperour) further enraged them.Jacquetta was to increase their outrage by managing a coup with her new husband's heraldry. In order to achieve the Glyph of Isis as her Coat-of-Arms, she persuaded her husband to add a centre-shield to his simple coat of argent a fess gueules (white, a red fess) of a red centre-shield charged with a golden griffin. An allusion to the ancient Earls of Devon (named Reviers or Rivers), she knew this was calculated to enrage the Courtenays, who were then Earls of Devon. It did and, as a compromise, she had her husband withdraw the centre-shield, replacing it (as an apostrophe) with a canton gueules ( a red canton) combined unperfled (i.e., without any seam) with his original red fess. This produced a unique charge in heraldry, closer to the Glyph of the Throne of Isis than any other charge in mediaeval heraldry.
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