September 2006 Archives
Francis I of France was crowned King of France in 1515. France's first Renaissance Monarch, Francis I considered the salamander as his symbol and adorned his Chateau de Chambord and Chateau de Blois with salamanders. Why did he use salamanders? One website reports that during this time period , salamanders were seen as symbols of fortitude and patience through suffering. Francis' salamanders look more like dragons to me with scales, fire and pointy teeth.