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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)

The Oxford Guide to Heraldry
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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.

Heralds and Heraldry in the Middle Ages: An Inquiry into the Growth of the Armorial Function of Heralds (Oxford Scholarly Classics)

By Sir Anthony Richard Wagner

Brand: Oxford University Press, USA
Hardcover (192 pages)

Heralds and Heraldry in the Middle Ages: An Inquiry into the Growth of the Armorial Function of Heralds (Oxford Scholarly Classics)
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Oxford Scholarly Classics brings together a number of great academic works from the archives of Oxford University Press. Reissued in a uniform series design, they will enable libraries, scholars, and students to gain fresh access to some of the finest scholarship of the last century.

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.

The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, Comprising a Registry of Armorial Bearings from the Earliest to the Present Time

By C.B. LL.D. Sir Bernard Burke

Heritage Books Inc.
Paperback (1326 pages)

The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, Comprising a Registry of Armorial Bearings from the Earliest to the Present Time
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Ulster King of Arms. Author of The Peerage and Baronetage; History of the Landed Gentry; Dormant And Extinct Peerage; Vicissitudes of Families; &c., &c. First published in 1842 and "most favourably received", it was vastly expanded and published anew in 1878; this reprint is from the 1878 publication. The contents are "founded on the Heralds' Visitations, the County Histories, and the heraldic writings of Dugdale, Camden, Guillim, Edmondson, Berry, Nicholas, and others..." and it is, the author asserts, "the most comprehensive Collection of Arms ever brought together, embracing, as it does, some 60,000 coats. ... The work comprises the Armorial Bearings of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of the British Empire, and the Coats that are to be seen in churches and family mansions, together with those traceable on Seals, Deeds, Wills, and Monumental remains." For more than 100 years this authoritative work has helped genealogists make the connection to their British ancestors. Not only does it provide a comprehensive explanation of all aspects of heraldry (including an illustrated glossary and dictionary of terms) in a lengthy introduction, but the General Armory, a listing alphabetically arranged by surname, often provides valuable pedigree information. The bulk of this large work is the General Armory, with over 1100 pages!, and entries may include information regarding family descent, titles, residence, occupation, description of arms, crest and motto. The appendices consist of a "supplement" that contains seven additional pages of alphabetical listings, and an alphabetical list of mottoes and the families that claim them.

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.

003: The English Emblem Tradition: Volume 3: Emblematic Flag Devices of the English Civil Wars, 1642-1660 (Index Emblematicus)

University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Hardcover (345 pages)

003: The English Emblem Tradition: Volume 3: Emblematic Flag Devices of the English Civil Wars, 1642-1660 (Index Emblematicus)
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Interest in creating emblematic devices, fashionable during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, did not disappear in England with the demise of the tournament and the Stuart masque. Alan R. Young examines the hundreds of emblematic devices used by the warring parties on their military flags during and immediatley after, the English Civil Wars. To be fully understood, these emblematic devices must be 'read' as part of the massive propaganda war waged by the different factions. This collection throws light on the nature of the conflicts that led to the civil wars, based on the views set forth in the emblems and mottoes designed by the men who risked their lives in the cause of Parliament, king, covenant, or Irish Confederacy.

Unlike earlier volumes in the Index Emblematicus series, which draw on printed emblem books as their sources, The English Emblem Tradition, Volume 3 brings together a corpus of material that was previously scattered widely among a number of surviving manuscripts. Wherever possible, carefully drawn illustrations of details of the flags have been reproduced from the original manuscripts. The flags are listed in alphabetical order by motto ( the mottoes are translated from the original Latin, French, Spanish, and other languages). A series of concordances, indexes, and lists makes the volume extremely accessible. Because of the unusual nature of the source material, a lengthy introductory essay is provided to explain the indexing of the text.

Heraldry Custom, Rules and Styles

By Carl-Alexander Von Volborth

Blandford Press
Hardcover (230 pages)

Heraldry Custom, Rules and Styles
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Shows the basic forms and complex rules of heraldry, and includes religious, guild, municipal, and royal coats of arms

Irish Family Names Map

Bartholomews
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Irish Family Names Map
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Fold out map of the island of Ireland, pegging last names to places.

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

Russian Heraldry and Nobility

By Donald R. Mandich

Dramco
Hardcover (700 pages)
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