Information about legend: HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE

HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE (1813 - )
LegendHONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE
Full textHONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE
Translation

Translated from Old French: May he be shamed who thinks badly of it.

Description

"Honi soit qui mal y pense" is a French maxim used as the motto of the British chivalric Order of the Garter. It is translated as "May he be shamed who thinks badly of it" or "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it" or "Evil (or shame) be to him that evil thinks".

In English heraldry, the motto "Honi soit qui mal y pense" is used either as a stand-alone motto upon a motto scroll, or upon a circular representation of the Garter. This Garter has occasionally been displayed on coins of the United Kingdom since 1813. The motto is variously spelled as HONI · SOIT · QUI · MAL · Y · PENSE · (with separators) or HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE (no separators). On some coins part of the text is obscured by a crown intruding over the Garter.

Legend: Details
Year From1813
Year To
CountryUnited Kingdom
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