A Pictorial Heraldry Dictionary

A Pictorial Heraldry Dictionary

Here's a very useful heraldry dictionary. It is the Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry by Bruce Draconarius of Mistholme, Batonvert Herald Extraordinary of the Society for Creative Anachronism. The Dictionary has 762 entries, is illustrated, (most have sources cited)...

Grant of Arms to a French Tutor in 1522

Grant of Arms to a French Tutor in 1522

The earliest grants of arms in England were thought to be around 1390 when coats of arms were discovered in various documents and court records as being granted by the Crown. Some of these earliest grants actually proclaim that the recipients are being proclaimed...

What is a Coat of Arms?

What is a Coat of Arms?

A coat of arms, in its most basic form, consists of heraldic colors, symbols and shapes positioned on a shield or escutcheon. The coat of arms was originally developed to distinguish knights in battle. By the Middle Ages, Knights were fully encased in armor and wore a...

The Unappreciated Salamander in Heraldry

The Unappreciated Salamander in Heraldry

Salamanders may seem unlikely creatures to be found on coats of arms but they appear on the arms of many families, both Royal and noble, throughout Europe. Salamanders were generally shown as in flames and sometimes with a human head. A green salamander surrounded by...

Bishop Barron on His Episcopal Coat of Arms

Bishop Barron on His Episcopal Coat of Arms

Differing from other heraldry, Ecclesiastical heraldry varies notably in the use of distinctive insignia around the shield to indicate the bearer's rank in the church. The most notable of these decorations is the hat with a low crown and wide brim, generally the Roman...

The Castle in the Sky in Baden-Württemberg

The Castle in the Sky in Baden-Württemberg

Everyone loves castles and perhaps dreams of living in or visiting one. Germany has some great castles. Here's an incredible fairy tale castle, perched on an escarpment located in Baden-Württemberg and overlooking the Echaz valley near Honau, Reutlingen. The...

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