I have a question about a specific coat of arms.
On this link (about some alleged prophecies of the popes) I read the following about Giulio Rospigliosi, Pope Clement IX: http://truecatholic.bizland.com/The_Prophecies_of_Malachy.ht...
"The Pope's family came originally from Lombardy where its ancient history is well recorded. The <Teatro Araldico>, a work which gives the armorial bearings of the most ancient and noble families of Italy, describes the Pope's family coat of arms as a shield on which was emblazoned a swan with stars overhead."
Now I looked on the internet for the coat of arms for the name "Rospigliosi", but could only find the coat of arms he used as pope. You can see it here: http://www.heraldique-europeenne.org/Regions/Italie/Rospigli...
So, apparently also some of his decendents have used his papal coat of arms, but no other design is listed.
Does anyone here know the origin of this coat of arms? Was it designed especially for Clement IX, when he became pope? Did he have a different family coat of arms before?
According to the website cited above a work called the "Teatro Araldico" describes such a family coat of arms with a swan with stars overhead on it. Does anyone know this work?
I think maybe it could be the case that the coat of arms shown there isn't even genuine, but was only designed by the author of the "Teatro Araldico", with the prophecy in mind - is that thinkable? How probable is this from an expert's point of view?
Any ideas how one could research all of this?
Thanks in advance and best regards,
an interested visitor