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    Lion Enamel Pin

    English medieval warrior rulers with a reputation for bravery attracted the nickname "the Lion": the most famous example is Richard I of England, known as Richard the Lionheart. It was Richard who introduced the three lions to the heraldry of English kings and queen, turning the animal into a national symbol.

    When Mary, Queen of Scots' son succeeded Elizabeth I as James I of England in 1603, in a display of unity between the two countries, he used the national animals of both Scotland and England, the unicorn and the lion on the Royal Scottish coat of arms.


    Part of the Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens exhibition range.

    Find out more about the exhibition https://www.bl.uk/events/elizabeth-and-mary

    Shop the rest of the range https://shop.bl.uk/collections/elizabeth-and-mary

    Brand: British Library

    Dimensions: Approx. 25mm