Discoveries: Heraldry

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Harry N. Abrams, Feb 1, 1997 - History - 144 pages
The art of heraldry is a living vestige of the great medieval world of European chivalry. Gone are the knights-in-armor, the castles are in ruins, and many of the families who bore these proud coats of arms have disappeared, but the tradition of the heraldic crest survives in the flags, emblems, and corporate logos of the modern world. Where does heraldry come from? How did it begin? What do the colors and symbols mean? Read and discover a world of splendid pageantry.

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About the author (1997)

Michel Pastoureau is a historian and director of studies at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes de la Sorbonne in Paris. A specialist in the history of colors, symbols, and heraldry, he is the author of many books, including "Blue" and "Black" (both Princeton) and "The Devil's Cloth: A History of Stripes". His books have been translated into more than thirty languages.

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