Heraldry is many things: a fascinating and colorful art, a system of symbols denoting prominent families and institutions, a display of pageantry, and an invaluable aid to historians. This lavishly illustrated guide to the history and significance of heraldic symbols is the first comprehensive book written by Officers of Arms with full access to the records and manuscript collection of the College of Arms, the heraldic authority for the United Kingdom.
At once an excellent introduction to heraldry and an authoritative up-to-date record for experts, this all-encompassing volume covers the origins of heraldry, the composition and appearance of arms, how they were and are granted, their evolution as families intermarry, and their decorative use. While Britain figures most prominently, the guide also includes separate chapters on American and European heraldry. Most important, the coats of arms and heraldic devices that illustrate this colorful book are drawn from manuscripts in the College of Arms Library, the most important collection of heraldic manuscripts in the world.
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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.
`Review from previous edition 'The Guide provides an excellent and lively account of the heraldry in the widest sense...the plates in the Guide are admirable'
Anne Payne, TLS
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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