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.
Heraldry, I mean. It's everywhere I go, every place I look.
I was back at work earlier this week after a week's "vacation." At lunch time, I went into the break room to grab a bite before heading back to my desk. And there, right on the counter, between the coffee maker and the sink, you'll never guess what I found.
That's right, some more heraldry.
This is a mug with the arms of Ursuline Academy on it, just sitting out there as bold as brass (well, okay, plastic, but still ...) My guess at a blazon would be: Argent a cross and on a chief gules seven mullets in a representation of the constellation Ursa Major argent.
I had to go on-line (where the above image comes from) to look them up, since all of my children are beyond the ages for which I might be looking for schools for them. "Ursuline Academy of Dallas is an independent Catholic college preparatory school for young women in grades 9-12." And, I'm guessing, on of the attorneys at the law firm I work for has a daughter, or daughters, who attend there. Hence my stumbling across heraldry while simply having lunch.
I know I've said it before, but it continues to be proven to me time and again: "You can find heraldry everywhere!"