“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, April 29, 2013
Heraldry in the Holy Spirit Church, Heidelberg
Are you getting tired of photograph after photograph of some of the heraldry I saw in Heidelberg? Me neither. But all good things must come to an end; we were really there for only two and a half days, and were spending a fair bit of time looking for addresses and sites related to my German ancestors there, so there really is only so much heraldry that I could have photographed during our stay.
Anyway, this will probably be the last post of heraldry in the Heiliggeistkirche off the main Market Square in Heidelberg. And there may be one more post with some miscellaneous heraldry seen in and about the city, but that will be the last of it. (Unless I go through the photographs one more time and find something that I simply have to share, of course!)
Anyway, there are some great carved heraldic monuments in the Holy Spirit Church, fine examples of both German heraldry and the stonecarver's art, most done in the red sandstone from which so many things in the city are made. Enjoy!
The arms over her right shoulder, on the left as you look at the picture above, are very similar to the arms of Nuremberg with the main charge being a crowned frauenadler (in English, harpy), only here there are four mullets of six points surrounding the frauenadler.
I very much doubt that the lower shield here is the arms of Ireland, Azure a harp Or. (Just a suspicion on my part, but I bet I'm right.)