Coat of Arms of the House of Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen

The House of Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen

The House of Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen is the most senior, legitimate cadet branch of the House von Hohenstaufen as recognised by the House von Hohenstaufen Association. The House 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.

The members of the House of Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen 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. They are cousins, to varying degrees, of the majority of the currently-reigning monarchs of Europe, as well as to the heads of the majority of European noble and royal houses.

Coat of Arms of the House of Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen

The blazon (heraldic description) of the coat of arms of the House of Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen 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 descent from the imperial houses of the Holy Roman and Spanish Empires. The Gules (red), and Or (yellow) represent descent from the noble and royal houses of the United Kingdom. The Or also references the House von Hohenstaufen. The eagle Or on a field Gules is also representative of the Roman eagle, which refers to the House's descent from Caesar Augustus. The Azure, Gules, and Or throughout also refer to the colours of the French House of Burgundy, as an eagle 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 symbolises 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 and Spain (Castilla y León) and the members' Habsburg ancestors, as well as the lions of Swabia, England, and Normandy. The lion in heraldry symbolises strength, valour, and nobility, and the tinctures represent glory, loyalty, and sincerity.

The field Azure containing the pegasus Argent (white) is unique to the House of Bourgogne von Hohenstaufen, and does not harken back to any ancestral houses. The pegasus represents inspiration, vision, refinement, and self-improvement (ascension), and the tinctures symbolise 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 (colours) 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), symbolising education, knowledge, enlightenment, and erudition, as well as to the pegasus and eagle, symbolising 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, members of 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 (King of Germany) and Holy Roman Emperor.