Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Medieval Badge with Three Lions Discovered - an omen for England at the World Cup?
Caroline Rann said: “I found the badge when I was investigating a medieval stone wall in Parkside, Coventry. The badge was lodged between the sandstone blocks and may have fallen in while it was being built.
“This has been hidden for hundreds of years and for it to appear now has to be a sign that England will go all the way in the World Cup!”
The three lions of the arms of England was first used by Henry II (1154-89) who added a third lion to the previous coat of arms, which only had two. This continued up until 1340, when the royal coat of arms was quartered with those of France in order to back up Edward III claim to the French throne.
The archaeologists were working on behalf of Provision for the Christian Life Ministries at Parkside in Coventry, as part of the planning process.
See also: The bewties of the fut-ball: Reactions and references to this boysterous sport in English writings, 1175-1815
Source: Warwickshire County Council