I am fairly certain the Three Lions are the Heraldry England although I am not certain wether it is that of the realm or the King, it is on English Sports teams badges today.
I presume the Red and Blue knights are the struggle between The Kings of England and France for Normandy
The blue knight bears French arms, and the red knight bears English arms. The reference is probably to the Battle of Bouvines in 1214. The result of the French victory was the loss of most all of the Plantagenet (i.e. English royal) holdings in Normandy and Aquitaine.
Where is the magic? GotF's picture focused on Durenmar, presenting it over half the picture with one of its knights besides it. Here, at best, magic is delegated to the background (Fudarus?) and small details (stone table?) while the mundane kingdoms and knights slug it out. This is not a good omen. Mythic elements (whether invented or based on real-life) should take center-stage in an Ars book in my opinion, with history delegated to the background details. I hope this holds true for the book, even if not the cover.
I think it's only a cover. But, each Tribunal should offer something different so I have no problem at all with the more mundane aspects of a Tribunal being touted. We've enough magic rolling around the different books to last a lifetime but I want a Tribunal book to sell me the location; explain why I might want to set my saga there.
If memory serves me correctly, in previous Ars books addressing (briefly) the Normandy Tribunal it was stated that one of the major issues that the tribunal faces is that mundane encroachment is very widespread, with the result that the magi there have to put in considerable effort to remain hidden from mundane view.
Whether that will be a major theme of LatL remains to be seen, since the 5th edition line is specifically not bound by any of the previous editions...
Our current saga is based in Rye in the south east of England. To say that the area experienced fun and games with the French during the period is an understatement. I'm looking forward to using this book to strengthen that so while we're not necessarily going to base a covenant there we are very interested in the Tribunal.
I believe I suggested the title, and I've read one of the volumes of the Accursed Kings ("The Poisoned Crown", I believe) but I can't say that I am aware of the connection. Could you elaborate it for me, please?