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this symbol has come up in my travels
This cross is often associated with Crusaders or the Crusades. The heraldic cross pattée was sometimes used by a Crusader order, the Teutonic Knights
It sometimes considered a Templar cross
The cross pattée is also sometimes associated with another Crusader order, the Knights Templar, though as with the Teutonic Knights, it was not used consistently. The Templars did adopt a red cross on their white robes in 1147, but there was no specific style designated, and different Templars used different versions of the cross. The pattée was by no means their official symbol. However, some modern Freemason organizations do use the pattée in an official way, and this use occasionally causes confusion as to which version was used by the medieval order of Knights Templar
Royalty wears it
Queen of England crownhttp://arkphagrandlodge.com/ktholybible.htmIn the Chronicles of the Crusaders, it states that the Comte de Jaffa, cousin to the Lord Montbeliard and the house of Joinville had a large gallery ship painted with escutcheons bearing his arms, which were or (gold) cross patée. His galley had at least three hundred rowers. Each shield was attached with a pennon (flag) with the same arms worked in gold (Joinville, 203). The multiple flags made quite a display as the ship was rowed into port, as the breeze rippled them in mass. This event was witnessed in 1249, while the ship was landing in Egypt.
This sighting was made by Jean de Joinville and was recorded in his journal: "The Life of Saint Louis." Jean de Joinville was born berween 1224 and 1225, and was the second son of a nobleman of Champayne, France. Joinville took the cross in 1246, which was the Seventh Crusade led by Louis of France.
the reason I bring this up is in the land of the Acadiens (Cajuns)
on the corners is the cross patee with four equilateral triangleshttp://www.angelfire.com/mi4/polcrt/crosspatee.html
The author of the first history of Prussian Poland asserts in his manuscripts that the first ancestor of the Dabrowa clan was a foreign knight. This knight participated in the Crusade begun by Pope Urban II. Christian armies were called (in 1096), to recover Jerusalem, and with it the grave of Christ, from the Turks. The Christian army would be composed of both knights and peasants.
Godfrey of Boullion, France, would lead one of the armies to the Holy Lands, as would his two brothers. Godfrey sent a courier to King Boleslaw Krzywousty (meaning "Wry" or Crooked Mouth") (1086-1138), of Poland, to ask for free passage through his kingdom to Novogrod. From Novogrod, they would travel south on the Volga River to the Sea of Azo and the Black Sea.
When this early ancestor of the Clan Dabrowa distinguished himself by his courage at Jerusalem, Godfrey de Bouillon, was King of Jerusalem. This gallant foreign knight had bestowed on him, via Godfrey Bouillon, a new coat of arms. The coat of arms was a rendition of Calvary Hill (Golgotha). Golgotha was the hill upon which Our Lord Jesus Christ's was crucified with two thieves. The new arms would bear three crosses patée, in the center; and one cross patée fitched on each side of the middle cross. These crosses were called "Dabrowa," in Polish.
After this knight returned from Palestine, he took the same path through Poland. He was fond of the scenery so he settled in Poland and his descendants still exist there today (The History of Prussian Poland by Posselii, stored in the Collection of Premisl. S. I, folio 56.) http://www.angelfire.com/mi4/polcrt/DabrowskiClans.html