The Oxford Guide to Heraldry

The Oxford Guide to Heraldry

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Heraldry is many things: a fascinating and colourful art with special rules and methods; a system of symbols denoting prominent families and institutions; a display of pageantry; and an invaluable aid to historians. And, quite apart from its relevance to genealogical and historical studies, even an slight knowledge of heraldry can make all the difference in tracing family histories, and in looking at old houses, churches, and monuments. This lavishly illustrated guide to the history and significance of heraldic symbols has been written by Officers of Arms with full access to the records and manuscript collection of the College of Arms, the heraldic authority for the UK. It provides an introduction to the subject of heraldry, and an authoritative record for experts. Subjects covered in this comprehensive book include the origins of heraldry, the composition and appearance of arms, how and why they were, and still are, granted, their evolution as families grow and intermarry, and their use as decoration.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 244 pages
  • 189.5 x 245.1 x 12.4mm | 816.48g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 32pp colours plates, halftones and line drawings, glossay, bibliography, index
  • 0192802267
  • 9780192802262

Table of contents

List of Colour Plates. Introduction. I: Origins of Heraldry. II: European Heraldry. III: Grantees of English Arms. IV: The Shield of Arms. V: Crests. VI: Supporters, Badges, and Mottoes. VII: Marshalling of Arms. VIII: Heraldic Authority in Great Britain. IX: American Heraldry. X: The Use of Heraldry as Decoration. Appendix A: The Royal Arms of Great Britain. Appendix B: English and Scottish Kings of Arms. Glossary of Heraldic Terms in General Use. Bibliography. Indexshow more

About Thomas Woodcock

Thomas Woodcock qualified as barrister and is Somerset Herald. He was joint editor with the Chester Herald of the Dictionary of British Arms Medieval Ordinary, vols. I & II. John Martin Robinson is Maltravers Herald Extraordinary. His books include The Wyatts, Royal Residences, and The Architecture of Northern England.show more

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