A Complete Guide to Heraldry

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2007 - History - 647 pages
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Heraldry, the study of family crests and medieval coats of arms, is a science and art steeped in the tradition of familial honor and shaped by strong cords of ancestry and origin. Here Arthur Charles Fox-Davies describes the origin and importance of heraldry and the myriad elements and designs used in the coats of arms of England and Scotland. He explores the meaning of symbols like birds, fruit, flowers, crowns, coronets, flags, and mottoes, and extensively discusses their derivation and significance. With 770 detailed illustrations designed to aid in tracing family lineage, this book will help historians, genealogists, collectors, and anglophiles sift through the records of history and better understand the past.
  

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If someone is interested in heraldry, this is a good book for teaching the basics of blazon - the rules that are followed in designing and "reading" a coat of arms. But that is all it is. It's a ... Read full review

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Pretty much the definitive work on the subject. 'Nuff said! Read full review

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Contents

THE ORIGIN OF ARMORY
1
THE STATUS AND THE MEANING OF A COAT OF ARMS IN GREAT BRITAIN
19
THE HERALDS AND OFFICERS OF ARMS
27
HERALDIC BRASSES
49
THE COMPONENT PARTS OF AN ACHIEVEMENT
57
THE SHIELD
60
THE FIELD OF A SHIELD AND THE HERALDIC TINCTURES
67
THE RULES OF BLAZON
99
CREST CORONETS AND CHAPEAUX
370
THE MANTLING OR LAMBREQUIN
383
THE TORSE OR WREATH
402
SUPPORTERS
407
THE COMPARTMENT
441
MOTTOES
448
BADGES
453
HERALDIC FLAGS BANNERS AND STANDARDS
471

THE SOCALLED ORDINARIES AND SUBORDINARIES
106
THE HUMAN FIGURE IN HERALDRY
158
THE HERALDIC LION
172
BEASTS
191
MONSTERS
218
CHAPTER XIV BIRDS
233
FISH
253
REPTILES
257
INSECTS
260
TREES LEAVES FRUITS AND FLOWERS
262
INANIMATE OBJECTS
281
THE HERALDIC HELMET
303
THE CREST
326
CROWNS AND CORONETS
350
MARKS OF CADENCY
477
MARKS OF BASTARDY
508
THE MARSHALLING OF ARMS
523
THE ARMORIAL INSIGNIA OF KNIGHTHOOD
561
THE ARMORIAL BEARINGS OF A LADY
572
OFFICIAL HERALDIC INSIGNIA
580
AUGMENTATIONS OF HONOUR
589
ECCLESIASTICAL HERALDRY
600
ARMS OF DOMINION AND SOVEREIGNTY
607
HATCHMENTS
609
THE UNION JACK
611
SEIZEQUARTIERS
618
INDEX
623
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Arthur Charles Fox-Davies was the author of four books on heraldry. Throughout his life, he campaigned against the bearing of coats of arms without lawful permission, as outlined in the Law of Arms.

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