>In a message dated 24/12/96 04:55:44, Patricia writes
><< Iris is the messenger of the gods...not much to do with irises>>
>I beg to differ - I was taught that Iris (the plants) were named for Iris
>(the heavenly messenger) because Iris (the messenger) travelled from heaven
>to earth on a rainbow, and the rainbow flower (the Iris) would grow wherever
>the rainbow touched the ground.
Ellen has the last (?) word.:-)))
Graham is *almost* right :-)). as is Patricia.
The iris is named after the Greek Goddess of the Rainbow or
of the Gods, who was depicted as "A radiant maiden borne in swift
flight on golden wings. Among her duties was that of leading the souls
of dead women to the Elysian fields, and as a token of that faith the
Greeks planted *purple iris* on the graves of women", according to
Hollingsworth in his `Flower Chronicles'.
taken from Irises by Susan Berry, p. 11
In this scene in question from Henry VI, Queen Margaret is talking
to her lover in great sorrow as he is exiled to France. Royalty
and irises date back to at least the 6th century AD to the time of
Clovis I, King of the Franks......I won't go into the story of his
life being saved by irises (as the legend goes - but I will
post if anyone is interested).
Irises were planted on graves from Yemen to England in the Middle
Ages....and I think that Queen `Meg' was referring to her finding
Suffolk's grave or planting an iris on it...but who knows.
Being a romantic, I can dream....
Peace to you all,
Ellen Gallagher email@example.com