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.
Okay, barring something unforeseen (like me finding some more photographs of heraldry in the city that I just have to share with you!), this should be the last installment of some of the heraldry that we saw in the city of Heidelberg during our stay there last fall.
Every time I look at this display of heraldry I see something new. I love the "realistic" depiction of the ermine tails on the mantle. And the inescutcheon of Bavaria with a smaller inescutcheon denoting the King of Bavaria as a Prince Elector of the Holy Roman Empire. And the collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Among other things.
The armorial display above is a great example of the German use of multiple crests to go with (at least some of) the quarters in the arms.