As ones who enjoy everything English, we found ourselves quite curious as to why the thistle had regal stature there. Apparently, history books tell us that during the reign of Malcom I of Scotland, Norsemen attempted to capture the Staines Castle by wading across the dry moat in bare feet only to find the moat had been overgrown with the common cotton thistle. Thankfully for the Scotsmen, the painful cries of the warriors roused the castle guards and the Norsemen were defeated. To commemorate this victory, the flower became the emblem of Scotland.
Due to our unpleasant encounter with the "thistle," this pretty tea cup, would not have been one we would have naturally gravitated too on it's own, but it happened to come in a lot of 15 English tea cups we acquired last summer. However, after investigating it's English history we have a deeper sense of appreciation for this plant of 'ill repute!'
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