Monday, 23 February 2015

A Year in Pictures – 22 February 2015 – Dragon

The supporters of the coat of arms of The City of London are two Tudor dragons, and the particular example is to be seen at one of the entrances to Leadenhall Market.

I have not been able to find out precisely why dragons have such an association with the City, save that Henry Tudor sought to substantiate his claim to sovereignty over Wales by appropriating the dragon of Cadwalader to his own colours of green and white, which he bore to St Paul's Cathedral to be blessed after his defeat of Richard III at Bosworth Field. I may be wide of the mark here and it also depends who we mean by "Cadwalader", much of the history being impenetrably ancient and flecked through with legend.

Striking looking beast though, isn't it?

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