Cross Fourchy

by Crusader1307

The Heraldic symbol known as The Cross Fourchy, was a popular image used by Crusading Nobles to The Middle East, around the 12th Century AD. The Fourchy was originally a variation of the standard Christian Cross of the 5th Century AD. The primary design difference was at each termination of of The Cross (Cross Bar and Foundation Beam), a split was made to the ends, resulting in a kind of forking. The forking was extended slightly upwards and downwards (depending). In addition to various Nobility usages as Heraldry, many emerging Medieval Kingdoms in Europe would adopt The Fourchy Cross as a form of their ''National'' symbolism. Prussia, Norway and Iceland are a few examples of Fourchy variations, still incorporated into National Flags and Heraldry to this day.