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Villalobos (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Presentation of Villalobos

The municipality of Villalobos (303 inhabitants in 2012; 4,320 ha) is located in the northwest of Zamora Province, 55 km of Zamora.

Ivan Sache, 5 March 2014

Symbols of Villalobos

The flag and arms of Villalobos are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 14 April 1993 by the Provincial Government, signed on 30 April 1993 by the President of the Government, and published on 21 May 1993 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 95 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Flag of vertical display, rectangular, yellow with two red wolves [lobos] passant in the middle.
Coat of arms: Or (yellow) two wolves gules (red) passant. The shield surmounted by a Royal Spanish crown closed [detailed description skipped].

The flag is therefore a banner of the municipal arms.
The Royal Academy of History stated that historical memoir lacked references to the Villalobos lineage. Instead, the proposed municipal arms are those of the Osorio family, erroneously believed to have ruled Villalobos in the 11th century. The Villalobos family, famous in the 13th-14th centuries, consistently used canting arms (with wolves, lobos). They are shown on three seals dated from the late 13th century and on various funerary monuments of the time. None of these sources, of course, can give hint on the colours of the arms. The colours of the two wolves are known, but much later, after the transfer of Villalobos to the Osorio by Henry II. It is believed that the Osorio borrowed the arms of the Villalobos, including the colours. Granting to a municipality the arms of a lineage is not always suitable, but totally justified here, provided the arms used are those of the Villalobos and not of the Osorio. It is recommended to improve the representation of the wolves, using one of the several available models from the 13th century.
There is no objection to the proposed flag, rectangular, in proportions 2:3, yellow with two red wolves (Buletín de la Real Academia de la Historia, 1994, 191, 2:395-396).

Ivan Sache, 5 March 2014