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Département : Côtes-d'Armor

Blason de Maël-Carhaix

Official blason

  • (fr) Parti: au 1er d'hermine à trois fasces de gueules, au 2e d'or au lion de gueules armé et lampassé d'azur.


The arms are those of the castle of Carhaix in Breton. The castle played a role in the medieval epic of Tristan and Iseult. In the early medieval age, a war was going on in the land of Breton in Brittany. The war was fought between the Duke of Hoël and Count Riol of Nantes. Breton was stricken by war, and had been pillaged by Count Riol's men. The last settlement of Duke Hoël was the castle of Carhaix.

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Literature : J.J. Lartigue, Armorial général des communes de France, Paris, 1995.