A microscopic piece of heraldry necessarily stands condemned, because it merely pretends to hint that the owner thinks himself a person of distinction, instead of performing the true function of enabling the casual observer to identify the owner. Monograms and unostentatious heraldry are therefor the badge of the parvenu, and such heraldry is usually bogus. Genuine arms are almost always displayed boldly and beautifully at every possible opportunity, indoors and out. --
Thomas Innes of Learney, Scots Heraldry, pp. 161-162
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.
This is what happens when an heraldic artist has never seen anything more than a very rough description of an heraldic beast when painting ...
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Saturday, August 23, 2014
Home Again, Home Again!
I apologize for the lack of a post last Thursday. We have been out of town (out of town? out of the country!) for the past two weeks, attending the XXXI International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences in Oslo, Norway ...
and visiting with old friends and making new ones there, here with our friends from Pro Heraldica, along with David Rencher (second from right) of FamilySearch.org ...
followed by a week in England sightseeing, hunting down ancestors (or at least, their places of worship) and, once again, visiting with friends Richard and Jenny Baker. (You can always tell a really good friend, because she'll drive you all over Kent on what I now think of as "Chasing Chiltons Tuesday." And I have now successfully "bookended" my 10th great-grandmother, Mary Chilton, by visiting the church where she was christened in Sandwich, Kent, having already been to her table tomb in Boston, Massachusetts.)
I know I must have had a good time in Europe, because my suitcase coming home weighed a good fifteen or twenty pounds heavier than it did on the way there, from the weight of the heraldry books I got there!
Pictures of heraldry, and stories about some of it, will follow as I can sort through the roughly 1,500 pictures I took. [Edit: Just got them all copied over onto my computer. I took 2,316 photos.] (No, I probably won't bore you too much with the four churches we visited where some of my ancestors attended, except for some of the heraldry in them!)