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Troy Worden

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The Religious Significance of Lily-of-the-Valley

The Religious Significance of Lily-of-the-Valley

While the rose might enjoy the most numerous and prominent associations with the Christian religion, the lily-of-the-valley also bears singular significance in Christianity. And like the rose, the lily-of-the-valley is connected most strongly with (Catholic) Christianity’s two central figures—Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary. The lily-of-the-valley, or Convallaria majalis, demonstrates that fatal combination of beauty …

Musings

The Fleur-de-lis, Chivalry, and the Gothic Revival

You have, no doubt, seen a peculiar floral symbol in all manner of places with no apparent explanation or context. It graces the high and the low alike, from the heraldic crests of Europe’s ancient families and Old-World castles of immense wealth and opulence to the humble kitchen wallpaper. I’m speaking about the fleur-de-lis, otherwise …

Musings

Man, Fashion and Flowers: Reviving Floral Masculinity

“A really well-made buttonhole is the only link between Art and Nature.”–Oscar Wilde. When’s the last time you’ve seen a well-dressed man walking down the street sporting a flower—a boutonnière—in the buttonhole of his lapel? Chances are, you simply haven’t, except for maybe at a wedding or some other exceedingly formal occasion. In fact, you’re …