Heraldry: Its Origins and Meaning

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Thames and Hudson, 1997 - Devices (Heraldry) - 143 pages
Heraldry is a living survival of the great medieval world of European chivalry. First introduced as a means of identification in battle and in tournaments, it gradually spread to society as a whole. Today the knights-in-armour and many of the families who bore these coats of arms have disappeared, but the heraldic tradition survives in the royal arms, flags, emblems, road signs, sports badges and corporate logos of the modern world.

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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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