“What is it that induceth you, what stirs you up to believe, or who told you that white signifieth faith, and blue constancy? An old paltry book, say you, sold by the hawking pedlars and balladmongers, entitled The Blason of Colours. Who made it? Whoever it was, he was wise in that he did not set his name to it. But, besides, I know not what I should rather admire in him, his presumption or his s...ottishness. His presumption and overweening, for that he should without reason, without cause, or without any appearance of truth, have dared to prescribe, by his private authority, what things should be denotated and signified by the colour: which is the custom of tyrants, who will have their will to bear sway in stead of equity, and not of the wise and learned, who with the evidence of reason satisfy their readers. His sottishness and want of spirit, in that he thought that, without any other demonstration or sufficient argument, the world would be pleased to make his blockish and ridiculous impositions the rule of their devices.” - Rabelais
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Monday, March 1, 2010
I ran across an interesting new take on the idea of "family heraldry" the other day. On the website of the Registro Internacional de Armas Gentilicias (http://www.riag.es/), among their recent registrations, was a set of three coats of arms to James William Baker (below, top left), Katrin Baker (below, top right), and Tracey Katrin Baker (below, lower center). The various arms, shown below, have a recognizable theme to them that might lead you to think that they belonged to individuals who could related in some way, even if the relationship itself is not clearly shown.
But it's when you place all three arms side-by-side that you see the "overarching" (if you will pardon the pun) theme of the arms, and that you see that the three individuals must be very closely related indeed.
It's an audacious design, to say the least, to create three coats of arms that fit together to make a single comprehensive composition. I haven't decided how much I like it personally, but it's certainly an intriguing concept.