Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Unicorn, along with the Lion

ABC Wednesday
November 29th, 2017
the letter is U for Unicorn





Symbolic of the United Kingdom
Heraldic supporters, appearing
in the full
Royal Coat of Arms

This combination dates back to 1605 
and the accession of
James 1st of England,
who was already
James V1th of Scotland

It followed that this verse below
was written, read to
and recited
by the children of England.

(Did the Scottish children know it too??)

"The Lion and the Unicorn
Were fighting for the crown
The Lion beat the unicorn
All around the town.

Some gave them white bread,
And some gave them brown.
Some gave them plum cake
and drummed them out of town."

It's all terribly political,
both then, and perhaps now.

Lewis Carroll got involved with the Lion and the Unicorn
when he wrote "Alice in Wonderland"
as you might recall....



If it is a long time since you have read
about Alice and her adventures
down the rabbit-hole
now is a good time to refresh yourself....


Lots more Us here at ABC Wednesday
with thanks to all who maintain this meme.



5 comments:

Leslie: said...

I read recently that there's a lot of politics of the day hidden in the book.

Leslie

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Years ago I read a book about heraldry. The details of the royal arms used to have minor changes every few years, reflecting the political changes. Ideal ammunition for the satirical mind of Lewis Carroll.

Melody Steenkamp said...

It is an intriguing subject... I have recently searched for those who belong to my and my husbands family... every little line you find creates the wish to find more of it ;-0

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Roger Owen Green said...

The King James of Bible fame!

ROG, ABCW

Joy said...

Unicorns seem to have always fascinated artists and who does not love a mythical creature.