Architecture Blois castle Windows

Mullion Window & Porcupine – Fenêtre à meneau & porc épic

This beautiful mullion window is on the south-east façade of Blois Castle. On the right is the porcupine which, you may remember is the symbol of King Louis XII, born in the castle in 1462. His motto was “Qui s’y frotte s’y pique” which is a play on words: se frotter means both literally to rub up against something and metaphorically to cross swords with them; se piquer means to be pricked.
Cette belle fenêtre à meneau se trouve sur la façade sud-est du château de Blois. A droite le porc épic, l’emblème de Louis XII, né au château en 1462 et dont le devise était “Qui s’y frotte s’y pique”.

3 replies on “Mullion Window & Porcupine – Fenêtre à meneau & porc épic”

Beautiful shot of the red brick against the blue sky. There’s also a wonderful porcupine at Chaumont as I’m sure you already know. Interesting choice of a symbol for oneself !

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