By wsjohnson

tale of the "rose argent" - flower friday -

Okay, due to my naively asking - and listening - to the response, She avidly provided  a bit more on the Yorkshire Rose:
Now then, the origins of the Rose emblem of Yorkshire are said to go back to Edmund of Langley in the fourteenth century, he being the first Duke of York and the founder of the House of York as a cadet branch of the then ruling House of Plantagenet.
Or so She informed me
Allegedly, the actual symbolism behind the rose has religious connotations as it's said to represent the Virgin Mary, who is often called the Mystical Rose of Heaven.
The Yorkist rose is white in colour, because in Christian liturgical symbolism, white is the symbol of light, typifying innocence and purity, joy and glory.
(I have no reason to doubt this)
During the English civil wars of the fifteenth century, the White Rose was the symbol of Yorkist forces opposed to the rival House of Lancaster. The Red Rose of Lancaster would be a later invention used to represent the House of Lancaster, but was not in use during the actual conflict.
The opposition of the two "roses" gave the wars their name: the "War of the Roses" a term which was coined in the 19th century.
The "War of the Roses" conflict was ended by the English King, Henry Vll, who symbolically united the White and Red Roses to create the "Tudor Rose" the acknowledged symbol of the Tudor Dynasty.
In the late Seventeenth Century the Jacobites took up the White Rose of York as their emblem, celebrating "White Rose Day" on 10 June, the anniversary of the birth of James lll and James Vlll in 1688.
By-the-by, The Yorkist Rose was engraved on the coffin holding the remains of King Richard III, the last Yorkist king of England (and the last king to die leading his troops in battle), who was interred at Leicester Cathedral on 26 March 2015
And now you know - and yeah, I know, some of you really could not have cared less! - pity that
The Yorkist in the photo is from Her garden, and She is mighty proud of the lot, being the Yorkshire lass that She is

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