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What are the origins of medical coat of arms?

What is the origins of medical coat of arms? If you ask almost everyone in Florence, including the stone, they will tell you. We'll shed some light on the origins of this symbol that has dominated Florence and Tuscany for nearly 400 years. Idioms spread, and fantasy races around the world at least a hundred times before entering orbit. Averardo, progenitor of the Medici family and commander of Charlemagne's army, intent on liberating the Tuscan territory from the invasion of the Lombards, would have faced the giant Mugello here and stuck his toothed mace into the golden shield of our hero. Naturally, the good always triumphs in the legends, and in the end, the Medici defeats. The impressions left on the shield were similar to balls and gave rise to the idea of ​​"bezants" inserted on the medical coat of arms.

Do you know which antics were capable of inventing themselves to prove noble origins? Regardless, it's always better than the other story of a doctor who, as the medical progenitor of a certain Medico di Potrone, pretended to be a doctor and those on the coat of arms were pills! Yes, aspirin, worse than going at night; whoever invented this stuff, I believe the pills he ingested and they must have been quite hallucinogenic as well. Charlemagne returns to the limelight with another meaning associated with our now-famous balls, that of "bloodsucking cups." According to another bizarre theory, the Emperor died while hunting at Mugello and was saved by the Medici, who treated him by applying "bloodsucking cups" to his skin. And perhaps, if we investigate, we will discover that Charlemagne was not hunting, did not have a regular port of arms, and was attempting to flee with our wild boars. He is cursed.

The change in the number of balls on the medical blazon, but also on the coins, lends itself to various interpretations. In fact, you should be aware of what is happening on the coat of arms: Reduced to 7 with his son Piero the Gouty, six in a triangle and one in the center blue with lilies of France; 6 remained with his nephew Lorenzo the Magnificent, with a blue ball that the first Grand Duke Cosimo I transformed into an oval.

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