Thursday, July 16, 2009

Free Stuff from Heralds

In my continuing effort to find, and let people know about, good inexpensive sources to learn about heraldry, here’s something I thought I would pass along to you in case you didn’t already know about it: the College of Arms in London has a quarterly newsletter that they produced and email out to subscribers. It’s a nice little (four page) newsletter, with news about the College, some recent grants of arms, events at the College, appearances and publications of the heralds, recently recorded pedigrees, and other miscellaneous tidbits. It’s usually got several color pictures (the most recent edition has five, one each on pages one through three, and two on page four), and you can either read it on your computer or print it out at your pleasure.

The best part of all this is that the newsletter is, indeed, free. You can sign up to either receive the .pdf version or to receive a notification that the latest edition has been posted on the College of Arms website at (scroll to the bottom of the page for the subscription form). Links to all the prior issues of the newsletter are also on that page, where you can read them or download them as you desire. Though when subscribing you can give them your postal address, nationality, and occupation, the only information they require is your name, your email address, and whether you prefer to receive the newsletter in .pdf format or an email notification of the posting of the .html version.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the College of Arms in London (though I did visit it in person once). I am not getting paid to advertise their quarterly newsletter. This plug won’t even get me a discount should I ever apply for an honorary grant of arms at the College. There you go. Full disclosure.

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