This Replica Dragon Medieval Shield .
SH200-B Dragon Display with Hanging Chain
SH350-B Dragon Battle Shield with Leather
The dragon does have its place in Heraldry, usually found
in the personal arms of the 17th and 18th century middle German territory
lords. It is said to represent “defense of treasure”.
The Aragon dragon is the earliest found in personal coat of arms as far back as the 13th century where the head of the dragon is seen on top of the crowned helm on the personal coat of arms of Pero IV of Aragon, or Peter the IV. He was known as ‘the Ceremonius’ and ‘the one of the little dagger’, although how he earned those monikers is unknown. He was the Count of Barcelona, King of Aragon, King of Sardinia and Corsica and conquered part of Greece, becoming the Duke of Athens and Neopatria. He deposed the king of Marjorca, become King himself among other accomplishments. His life was spent in turmoil fighting to maintain control of these lands from rebellious nobles and foreign wars so perhaps a dragon, in ‘defense of treasure’ was a very appropriate moniker for his personal coat of arms. Variations on his coat of arms continued throughout the Aragonese dynasty into the 19th century. The dragon crested crown continued to be featured on the Spanish Heir Apparent personal coat of arms as well and appears in Valencia noble lines through these same time periods.
In Luxembourg, the dragon also appears in heraldry. Jean II (1392-1441), a French noble who gained notoriety as the man who sold Joan of Arc to the British (for 10,000 livres), also had the symbol of the Dragon crested crown.
Perhaps the most glorious representation comes from a Knight of the Golden Fleece named Jacob, Lord of Fiennes (after 1444-1488). Again the imagery of the dragon rising from the power of the crown is used in a magnificent painting of the personal coat of arms.
With the similarities between the earlier Pero the IV of Aragon and with the knowledge that familial lines based their personal coat of arms with familial regard, it can be observed that this fierce and glorious creature rising from the crown atop the helm was reserved for those who fought in the defense of their family’s honor- and treasure.
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