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And so it was told . . .

the Legend of the Fleurs de Lys

Commemorating the marriage of the Duke of Bedford to Anne of Burgundy, the manuscript was given as a Christmas gift to their nephew, nine-year-old Henry VI in 1430.

It was called a "Book of Hours".

The British Library, Add. MS 18850, f.288v

We can now read the library details of this "Illuminated Manuscript."


This three volume book by Emily Isaacson is a modern prophecy of an event that occurred long ago...

The Fleur-de-lis - Volume I

The Laurel Wreath

by Emily Isaacson

From the prophecy in ironwork on the Peace Tower door of the fleur-de-lis, the thistle and the the unfading beauty of the gilt glass ceiling, and the icons of two angels, Justice and Liberty.

Emily writes Prince William to recapture the spirit of her country and her people. When she sends him her ecumenical document in poetry asking to be removed from the Commonwealth, it gathers dust, largely forgotten. Now, at last, it has come into the limelight. The treasured complete work, in three volumes, reveals this gem of a poet. The signatory emblem of the fleur-de-lis is a plumb-line of the inhabited world, revealing the literary landscape. With both skill and myth, Emily Isaacson navigates the waters of truce.

272 pages 

In this second volume of The Fleur-de-lis, the mythological land of Avalon is brought to life. The Lion and The Unicorn tapestry weaves its magic through the characters of Aurias and her brother, Opheus, a young knight. Aurias and Ethan marry and go to live at the Golden Castle of Avalon, and their four children are Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring.

The Fleur-de-lis is a collector's delight of the select works of poet Emily Isaacson. The naturalist has pulled back the veil of time, prompting reminiscence from medieval times to the present.

236 pages 

The Fleur-de-lis - Volume III

The Black Swan, Libertine

by Emily Isaacson

The Fleur-de-lis - Volume II

The Lion and the Unicorn, The Oracle

by Emily Isaacson

In this third volume of The Fleur-de-lis, the nature of the monarch's gift of spiritual touch is referenced and expanded into a gift of healing, endemic in its proportions. When two characters, Edward and Waverley, from an 1800s graveyard come to life, the poetry begins. The timeless Queen, King, Jack, and Ace vie for the sake of duty, politics, and passion. Justice and Liberty draw their revelation swords in defense of an eternal dominion. The perspective of Eternity from an aging world of old meteor stones makes this an enduring classic of postmodern literature that will both inspire and delight readers of all ages. Emily Isaacson once again rivets her audience with the essence of immortality and undying youth.

468 pages 

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Volume I and II are no longer available. 

Praise for The Fleur-de-lis...

Reading The Fleur-de-lis is like the refreshing fragrance in the air when the sun comes out after raining much of the day. Emily Isaacson takes you on a journey through nature line by line and poem by poem as she points to the story in a leaf or upward to the sky above. Every word dances off the pages and into your soul to brighten your day. Her finely chosen words expand the reader’s imagination: as you reap the wealth of her golden words, they glitter in your heart. Emily is truly the Poet of St. Clare and her writings will inspire you.

--Preston T. Bailey, Jr., Ph.D.


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Quote from Emily Isaacson's 


I passed by two stone lions,

into the inner chamber,

the matchless memorial

of the Peace Tower;

at the door

the handmade

ironwork containing

the fleur-de-lis,

the thistle,

the shamrock,

and the rose

was rumoring lengths

of light,

murmuring measures

of music

under the ornate

gothic gold angels—

tracing my prayers, a subtle verse

in embryonic



with liturgy and latitude.

When they sang

in innocent plainsong,

a high purity

reached the gilt glass


stenciled in symbols

of Canada, France,

England, Scotland,

Ireland, and Wales

Justice and Liberty,

icons like saints

in anthem, breathing

through the stained glass:

tracing the water


of the sky

The Fleur-de-lis Vol I, p.9-10

What Does This Mean to Literary Enthusiasts?

Written in the medieval language of Latin, it has long been wondered what the similarity is between this high society work of religious art called the Fleur de Lys, and Emily Isaacson's 800 poem manuscript The Fleur-de-lis given as a document first to Prince William over 5 years and eventually published in three volumes as a wedding gift to commemorate the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011. Now we can see the literary details and publications that highlight this medieval text.




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