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.
In honor of International Heraldry Day today, I changed my profile picture on Facebook to this shot of me wearing the only hat that I could find in Dublin, Ireland with a coat of arms on it.
The shield is, of course, the arms of Dublin.
But to think that I had to buy this to get some "wearable heraldry." (Aside from the tie that I found there with the arms of the four provinces of Connacht, Leinster, Munster, and Ulster scattered regularly across it.) Still, the bells hanging from the tips of the horns are a nice touch, don't you think? Not to mention the blue braids.