Honor Lives On Thru The Ages

February 10, 2022

Escutcheon of Barcelona

There is a legend which relates the following incident of Godfrey the Rough, Count of Barcelona. After he had fought by the side of Louis the Pious, with great courage and success, against the Saracens, he carried his gilded shield to the king, that he might receive permission to have an escutcheon placed thereon. As the king beheld him covered with wounds, from which the blood still gushed forth, he dipped his five fingers in the blood of the gallant warrior, and without saying a word, ran them over the shield, and thus marked five red lines upon it, which henceforth became the escutcheon of the Counts of Barcelona.

Flowers of Mary: addresses in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, delivered at Ingolstadt, May, 1858 by Louis Gemminger, 1894, Pgs. 137-138 

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 815

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