British Chivalric Order of Garter Motto Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense
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How did this motto come about? The story is that in the 12th century, the unusual and lively King Edward III was dancing with his cousin, the beautiful Joan of Kent, when suddenly her garter fell to the floor. To her embarrassment, other members of court were whispering and snickering. The king immediately picked up the garter and said, "Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense!" which translates roughly to "shame upon him who thinks evil upon it", or "evil to him who thinks evil" And he immediately put the garter on his own leg and continued dancing. That's right. And so, chivalry was born.
I've always loved this motto for its simplicity, its history, and its inherent truth. I designed this typographic treatment. Enjoy.