It is a solemn matter to appoint a Herald to your household, for he will be with you, assuming your need for him continues, forever after. His presence alone can turn a simple sandwich into a solemn banquet. Never take a Herald on a picnic. (The Book of Weird)
I'm an Academic Herald. I'm not a "real" herald; I don't register people's coats of arms (though I can certainly suggest designs for those who might be interested). What I do is study, research, teach, and write about heraldry. And I like to share what I have learned about heraldry, hence this blog. I hope that you'll find it informative, interesting at least occasionally, and worth your time to come back. Got a question? Comments? Feel free to let me know. I'd love to hear from you. You can find my contact information in my Profile.
I’m not going to say that much on this post; it’s going to be mostly pictures of the various ways in which I saw the de’ Medici arms (which I introduced in the previous post) depicted: differently shaped shields, different numbers and arrangements of the roundels, different placement of the augmented roundel, and so on. It’s a truly amazing variety, but to me one of the joys of heraldry is seeing the ways in which different artists will depict the same coat of arms.