“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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Thursday, August 19, 2010
More Naval (Sort of) Heraldry
Another bit of historic heraldry at The Mariners' Museum can be found in a print (made contemporaneously) of the funeral barge which carried the body of Admiral Horatio Nelson from Greenwich to Whitehall on January 8, 1806.
In addition to the White Ensign flying at the stern of the barge (not unlike the White Ensign flying from the stern of the HMS Ark Royal, about which we blogged here on August 12), we have the Royal Arms flying from the bow, and from a mast at the center, a flag or banner with Nelson’s complete achievement of arms, with the arms and his two augmentations (soon to be three; the wavy fess with “Trafalgar” on it was granted after Nelson’s death to his heir and older brother, William), encircled by the Order of the Bath, ensigned with the coronet of a Viscount, and accompanied by supporters and a motto.