Coat of Arms of the House of Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen

The House of Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen

After receiving approval from the members of the Dynastic Council of the House von Hohenstaufen Association, Duke Maximilian was granted the legal right to the surname "Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen." Thus, the House of Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen was founded as a legitimate cadet branch of the House von Hohenstaufen as recognized by the House von Hohenstaufen Association.

The House of Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen is a product of the repetitive joining of the House von Hohenstaufen with the House of Burgundy from France (Bourgogne), the House of Burgundy from Portugal (Borgonha), and the Anscarid House of Burgundy from Spain (Borgoña), otherwise known as the House of Ivrea, as well as a reference to Their Highnesses' direct descent from and strong ties to the various Houses of Burgundy.

Furthermore, Their Highnesses are also direct descendants of the dynasties and Houses of Ascania, Babenberg, Balliol, Barcelona, Beni Alfons, Bourbon, Caesars (Julio-Claudian), Capet, Carolingians, Comyn, Connachta, Dunkeld, Eugenian, Habsburg, Jiménez, Lancaster, Lara, Merovingians, Normandy, O'Brien, Ottoman, Peláyez, Plantagenet, Robertian, Rurikid, Salian, Savoy, Vímara Peres, Welf, Wessex, Wettin, Wittelsbach, and Württemberg, along with many, many more. Their Highnesses are cousins, to varying degrees, of the majority of the currently-reigning monarchs of Europe, as well as to the majority of the heads of German and Austrian noble and royal houses.

Coat of Arms of the House of Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen

Upon founding the House of Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen, His Highness commissioned a coat of arms for the House that would invoke Their Highnesses' illustrious descent and grand legacy. The blazon (heraldic description of the crest) is as follows:

In chief party per quarter Gules an Eagle bicapitate displayed Or, beaked Or, armed and langued Argent; second quarter Vert a Lion rampant Or, armed, langued, and crowned Azure; in base party per chevron Argent on a field Azure a Pegasus rousant Argent in full aspect with wings displayed and elevated; "Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen" Or in a compartment Azure upon the shield; upon the upper compartment the Ducal Coronet Proper; for Supporters, dexter and sinister a Lion rampant Sable bearing the Ducal Coronet Proper, armed and langued Gules; Motto "Sanguis Pluma Saxum" Or in the compartment Gules below the shield; below the lower compartment, the badge of the Order of the Three Lions.

The bicapitate eagle in the upper right quadrant represents His Highness' descent from so many of the imperial houses of the Holy Roman and Spanish Empires. The Gules (red), and Or (yellow) represent His Highness' ancestors from the United Kingdom, the Or also referencing the House von Hohenstaufen. The eagle Or on a field Gules is also representative of the Roman eagle, which references the Duke's descent from Caesar Augustus. The Azure, Gules, and Or throughout also refer to the colors of the French House of Burgundy, as an eagle, despite being bicapitate, on Gules references the coat of arms of the Burgundian House of Ivrea. The eagle in heraldry is said to represent courage and nobility, and in the case of a displayed eagle, such as this one, the role of protector. Thus, this quadrant symbolizes glory, nobility, peace, and protection.

The lion in Or in the upper left quadrant on a field Vert (green) crowned Azure represents the lions of Scotland, Spain (Castilla y León), and Their Highnesses' Habsburg ancestors, as well as the lions of Swabia, England, and Normandy, albeit in a different pose. The colors of the upper left quadrant reference the Duchess' Brazilian origins. The lion in heraldry symbolizes strength, valor, and nobility, and the tinctures represent glory, loyalty, and sincerity.

The field Azure containing the pegasus Argent (white) was newly-designed for Their Highnesses and does not harken back to any ancestral houses. The pegasus represents inspiration, vision, refinement, and self-improvement (ascension), and the tinctures symbolize peace and sincerity.

The chevron Argent represents Hohenstaufen Mountain, atop which the ancestral seat of the House von Hohenstaufen, Castle Hohenstaufen, was built.

The lions Sable (black) as supporters reference the lions on the Coat of Arms of Swabia and of the House von Hohenstaufen.

In addition to the other symbolism, the tinctures (colors) used in heraldry are also symbolic:

Argent: Peace, Purity
Azure: Sincerity
Gules: Boldness, Ferocity, Nobility
Or: Generosity, Glory
Sable: Constancy
Vert: Joy, Loyalty

The motto of the House of Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen is, "Sanguis, Pluma, Saxum" (Latin for "Blood, Feather, Stone").

"Sanguis" refers to family, heritage, lineage, and legacy.

"Pluma" is a reference to a quill (pen), symbolizing education, knowledge, enlightenment, and erudition, as well as to the pegasus and eagle, symbolizing self-improvement, ascension, and nobility.

"Saxum" invokes the Castle Hohenstaufen, Staufen Mountain, strength, and protection.

Titles and Styles

The ancestral titles of the House von Hohenstaufen still claimed by the House of Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen are the Duke of Swabia (Herzog von Schwaben), Count Palatine of Swabia (Pfalzgraf von Schwaben), Count von Hohenstaufen (Graf von Hohenstaufen), and Count de Bourgogne (Graf von Burgund). These titles are inherited via equal primogeniture by biological children of the Duke/Duchess, who is Head of the House of Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen. The heir apparent carries the title Hereditary Duke/Duchess (Erbherzog/Erbherzogin).

All male and female members of the House of Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen carry the courtesy titles Prince (Prinz) and Princess (Prinzessin), respectively, before their forename as long as they remain members of the dynasty by carrying the surname. Legal spouses are granted the appropriate form for the duration of the marriage. Anyone not carrying the name "Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen" forfeits membership in the dynasty and loses the title, unless the Dynastic Council of the House von Hohenstaufen Association should grant special dispensation.

All members of the House of Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen are also styled as His/Her Highness, Your Highness, Your Highnesses, or Their Highnesses.

Historically, the Hohenstaufen Dynasty carried many other hereditary titles, including King of Burgundy, King of Jerusalem, King of Sicily, and King of Italy. Many were also elected to the non-hereditary positions of King of the Romans and Holy Roman Emperor.