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.
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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 2001. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110192802267
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, USA, 2001. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. 2nd. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0192802267