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release date: Jan 01, 1996
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Scottish Clan and Family Names: Their Arms, Origins and Tartans
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.
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release date: Jul 13, 2000
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The Order of the Garter 1348-1461: Chivalry and Politics in Late Medieval England (Oxford Historical Monographs)
This is the first scholarly study of the political role of the Order of the Garter during the late middle ages. Hugh Collins's examination of the Garter's pragmatic considerations and knightly ideas reveals the extent to which political society in the late middle ages founded its ambitions and aspirations on the cult of chivalry.
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release date: Sep 24, 1987
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Dictionary of Heraldry
Explains the meanings of the various heraldic symbols and discusses aspects of the history of heraldry
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release date: Nov 24, 1988
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The Oxford Guide to Heraldry
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.
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release date: Mar 01, 1998
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Coats of Arms
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.
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release date: Dec 26, 1994
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Saving Old Glory: The History Of The American Flag Desecration Controversy
In this, the first comprehensive historical analysis of the debate over the desecration of the American flag, Robert Justin Goldstein takes us from the 1989 flagburning incident that ignited an emotionally charged controversy across the nation back to the very origins of the flag as a symbol of America. It may surprise some present-day flag-protectionists to learn that the flag did not become an object of veneration until the end of the Civil War, when groups of ultra-patriotic citizens and veterans lobbied hard to give it unique status as a symbol of the nation.
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release date: Jan 01, 1983
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Boutell's Heraldry
Discusses heraldic history, language, and mottoes, official and corporate heraldry, and recent trends and developments
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release date: Oct 01, 1981
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Heraldry Custom, Rules and Styles
Shows the basic forms and complex rules of heraldry, and includes religious, guild, municipal, and royal coats of arms
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release date: Jun 01, 1982
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Standards and Colors of the American Revolution
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
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release date: Sep 01, 1992
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