I think it’s fitting to begin with a charter found in the National Library of Wales after hearing the dreadful news about the fire there today. I am studying family power and strategy in the Welsh March c.1199-c.1300, and the seal second from the left belonged to William (I) de Cantilupe, one of the men I am looking at. It’s a fragment, but the design is clearly a seeded fleur-de-lys. I’m quite interested in the transition between his father Walter’s seal (a wolf with a sheep in its mouth) and this more sophisticated device. Clicking the picture should take you through to the National Library of Wales (English language) homepage.