From Lowe's Curiosities of Heraldry: “It does not seem to have occured to these allegorizing worthies that the tincture of a charge may be diametrically opposed to the signification assigned to the charge itself. For example, the coat ‘Vert, a bull's head or’ by the armilogical rules cited above, would signify, as to the tinctures, pleasure and joy, while as to the charge it would mean rage and fury. Again, ‘Purpure, a wolf argent’ would mean ‘a wrangler with a peacable disposition!!’”
I'm an Academic Herald. I'm not a "real" herald; I don't design and 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. (You can find some of my books about heraldry and a list of my articles and presentations about heraldry at "Our Website" below.) 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 ask or let me know. I'd love to hear from you. You can find my contact information in my Profile.
If you'll pardon my stealing that line from Monty Python's Flying Circus for my title.
I am going to be presenting my very first webinar this coming Thursday evening, March 21, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (8 Central, 7 Mountain, 6 Pacific), being hosted by Rootsonomy.
Entitled "Finding Your New England Ancestors," this presentation obviously has very little to do with heraldry (sorry to disappoint all my heraldry enthusiast friends!). However, if you are interested in an overview of doing genealogical research in the six states of New England, you can register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8252593778405447424
Yes, there is a small (US$5) fee for participating in the webinar, payable to Rootsonomy via PayPal to Rootsonomy@gmail.com or by going to http://goo.gl/gBDoF.
If this is a success, who knows? They might ask me back to do some more! (Maybe even something to do with heraldry.)