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Heraldry Books


Here are some books about heraldry:

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The Oxford Guide to Heraldry

By Thomas Woodcock

Oxford University Press
Hardcover (288 pages)

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Beautifully illustrated with 32 full-color plates and over one hundred halftones and line drawings, The Oxford Guide to Heraldry offers a fascinating tour of the heart of medieval pagentry. The first guide to heraldry written by Officers of Arms with full access to the College of Arms Library--which boasts the finest collection of heraldic manuscripts in the world--this colorful volume is both an authoritative, completely up-to-date reference for experts and an excellent introduction for beginners, covering the origins of heraldry, the composition of arms and their visual appearance, the use of arms as decoration, and much more.
The authors explain how coats of arms differed from country to country, with informative sections on France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and other European nations, plus a complete chapter devoted to heraldry in America. They discuss the traditional tinctures (colors) used--two metals, five colors, and two furs--and reveal that the colors are continually updated (for instance, after World War II, the color Bleu Celeste was added to honor the Royal Air Force). The book also outlines the virtues associated with the colors (red or "gules" signified magnanimity, black or "sable" prudence), the types of shield division (such as pale, fess, bend sinister, and chevron), the symbolism of animals (the owl signified a lazy man, the bear a strong but unwise warrior), and countless other aspects of this ancient art. This encyclopedic resource also includes an appendix on the Royal Arms of Great Britain, a glossary of heraldic terms, and a list of English and Scottish Kings of Arms.
Heraldry is many things: a fascinating art, a system of symbols denoting prominent families and institutions, a beautiful display of pageantry, an important part of the historical record. The most authoritative guide to heraldry available, this lavishly illustrated volume is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in genealogy, history, chivalry, or the decorative arts.

Scottish Clan and Family Names: Their Arms, Origins and Tartans

By Roddy Martine

Martine, Roddy
Paperback (224 pages)

Scottish Clan and Family Names: Their Arms, Origins and Tartans
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Providing an invaluable guide to the surnames of Scotland, each entry in this book covers the history, areas of family lands, castles, and tartans (ancient and modern) associated with the powerful clans of the Highlands, and the great families of the Lowlands.

Poolbeg Book of Irish Heraldry

By Michael O'Comain

Poolbeg Press Ltd
Paperback (170 pages)

Poolbeg Book of Irish Heraldry
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Standards and Colors of the American Revolution

By Edward W. Richardson

Brand: Univ of Pennsylvania Pr
Hardcover (358 pages)

Standards and Colors of the American Revolution
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Catalogs and describes the flags and emblems of the Continental Army, the Thirteen Colonies, and those of the French, British, and German forces displayed during the American Revolution

A Complete Guide to Heraldry

By Arthur C. Fox-Davies

Gramercy
Released: 1993-12-19
Hardcover (658 pages)

A Complete Guide to Heraldry
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Discusses the origins and institutions of heraldry in Great Britain, the parts of a coat of arms, heraldic animals and other designs, and related matters

Reverse Symbolism Dictionary: Symbols Listed by Subject

Brand: Mcfarland n Co Inc Pub
Hardcover (181 pages)

Reverse Symbolism Dictionary: Symbols Listed by Subject
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Provides an alphabetical list of concepts along with the symbols used to represent them.

District Tartans

By Gordon Teall

Shepheard-Walwyn
Hardcover (262 pages)

District Tartans
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District tartans have a longer pedigree than clan tartans but, although probably better supported from documented sources than clan tartans, they have received less attention over the past two centuries. This work outlines the history of district tartans, with details of 56 from Scotland - linked by name with an area, region, city or town - and over 50 from other countries, illustrated in colour with notes on origin and design. The book answers many questions about tartan etiquette, describes the function of the Lyon Court and the role of the Scottish Tartans Society.

Dictionary of Heraldry: Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees

By Joseph Foster

Arch Cape Press
Released: 1989-09-27
Hardcover (240 pages)

Dictionary of Heraldry: Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees
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The Dictionary of Heraldry takes Foster's original work and the vibrant colors of feudal arms thereby enhancing a comprehensive reference volume with the simple, bold and noble colors of heraldry.

Coats of Arms

By Andrew Stewart Jamieson

Pitkin Publishing
Paperback (32 pages)

Coats of Arms
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From the dawn of civilisation to the present day, people have used symbols to explain their existence, beliefs and culture, as well as identifying individuals and representing their place in society.

Heraldic Designs (The Treasury of Decorative Art)

By Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

Moyer Bell Ltd
Paperback (63 pages)

Heraldic Designs (The Treasury of Decorative Art)
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The story of heraldry is an intriguing one - with a wealth of history behind the rules that are still enforced today. The introduction to this selection of heraldic designs explains how the art of communicating through heraldry evolved, as well as describing basic heraldic jargon and practice. Originally, heraldry had a practical purpose - coats of arms were decorated so that heralds delivering messages could identify who was who in battle. Outside the battlefield, heraldry has subsequently had a much wider application, whether proclaiming the owner's presence or marking his property. This book includes a wide range of heraldic designs that will appeal to all those who want to explore this exciting symbolic art form, as well as to historians, illustrators, and designers.


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