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French mottos?

 
Sunday, December 2, 2007, 20:43 - Learn Latin Language, World History: Ancient, Medieval & Modern
Posted by Administrator
I am playing with the idea of making a list of French mottos. For a few centuries, Latin and French coexisted as the two primary languages into which you would want to have your motto translated. Well, there is also Greek, but Greek did not have a very strong folloiwng during the Middle Ages, so Greek mottos never really caught on. It is easy to see why French was so important. For hundreds of years, France was the most dominant player in European politics, economy and culture. That was back when England was not perceived as a power at all. Add to this the Norman invasion and you will understand why French developed an air of a certain... je ne sais quois. :) As far as I can tell, nobody has yet compiled a nice list of French mottos. These could obviously have some educational value. Off the top of my head I can only think of a few French mottos right now, but once I locate some published source I might delve into it.

P.S.

Done!
French phrases used as mottos in heraldry

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