Today we look at the stained glass coats of arms of the Knights of the Golden Fleece from the 1559 Chapter held in the Cathedral, hidden away from the general public's view.
Philippe de Stavele, Baron de Chaumont (1508-1562): Ermine a bend gules.
Andrea Doria, 1st Prince of Melfi (1466-1560): Per fess or and argent two ragged staffs in saltire gules overall an eagle displayed sable.
John III, King of Portugal (1502-1557), Charles V's brother-in-law. Argent five escutcheons in cross azure each charged with five plates in saltire all within a bordure gules semy of towers or.
Ascanio Sforza-Sforza, Count of Santa Fiora (1520-1575): Azure a lion rampant or maintaining in its sinister forepaw a rose or slipped and leaved argent.
Antonio Doria, Marquis of San Stefano: Per fess or and argent an eagle displayed sable crowned or between in dexter chief a demi-sun issuant and in fess two flames gules. (We missed seeing his arms in the stall plates, as it was tucked away out of view from where I was standing to take the picture. Sorry about that!)
Jean de Hennin, 1st Comte de Boussu (1480-1562): Gules a bend or.
Jehan de Luxembourg, Count of Ligny: Argent a lion rampant gules langued and crowned or overall a label of three tags azure.
Jean de Ligne, Comte d'Arenberg (1525-1568): Quarterly: 1 and 4, Or a bend gules; 2 and 3, Argent three lions rampant gules.
Fernando Alvarez de Toledo, 3rd Duke of Alva (1508-1582): Checky of fifteen argent and azure.
Wratislaw von Pernstein (1530-1582): Or a bull’s head cabossed sable ringed or.
Charles de Brimeu, Comte de Meghem (1524/25-1572): Argent three eagles displayed gules.