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A "Jagiellonian cross" cross: an interesting choice and possibly based
those arms recommended by the University at Cracow or the Polish king after
whom it was perhaps anmed? Heraldically this would be a 'cross patriachal'
of course, but with even horizontal arms it comes under the strict usage
decription of a Cross of Lorraine or of Anjou.
Chris Southworth, 15 Oct 2008
Of course you are right, as almost always, but in Poland and Lithuania
it is common to call this cross "Jagiellonian".
It was introduced into the Polish Royal Coat of Arms when Władysław II Jagiełło (Jogaila), who was then The Grand Duke of Lithuania, married the Polish King Jadwiga
(Hedwig of Anjou - she was a King not a Queen) and ruled Kingdom of Poland (Regnum Poloniae) first jointly with her, and after she died, alone, establishing the Jagiellonian Dynasty (Polish, and Lithuanian "Golden Age").
This particular cross existed already in the Arms of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and in Poland it became revered as a symbol of said "Golden Age".
Chrystian Kretowicz, 15 Oct 2008