Sunday, 5 May 2013
A Rising Maiden
Catherine Parr's badge depicts a young, crowned maiden rising from the core of a Tudor rose. The maiden is a symbol of youth and a innocence; the crown is of course to show Catherine's regal status. The loose hair was only used for weddings and by unmarried young ladies.
Unlike many of her predecessors as the wife of Henry VIII, Catherine looked to her family history for inspiration: the Parr family's crest consisted of a maiden.