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Thursday, January 28, 2016
Heraldry of the Decadence, Part 4
Coming to the conclusion of our review of some of the alternate blazon schemes suggested at times by different heraldic authors, we present you with not one, not two, not three, but four different blazon schemes based on the Virtues.
Proposed by William Berry, An Introduction to Heraldry, 1810:
Found in Eugene Zieber, Heraldry in America, 1895, attributes these to “Planché’s Clark”, but I do not find them in my copy of Clark (1882).
Vert Love loyal
In Pierre Derveaux, Blasons et Armories, 1987
I'm not at all sure why no virtues are given for green and purple in this scheme.
From Ferne, John, The Glory of Generositie (1586), cited in The Oxford Guide to Heraldry, Thomas Woodcock and John Martin Robinson, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1988, p. 54; Nisbet, Alexander, A System of Heraldry, Speculative and Practical, 1722 (repr. 1984), Vol. I
Many of the virtues here match those of the ones proposed in the one Zieber ascribes to Planche's Clark above, but not all, hence its inclusion here separately.
And, again, these schemes can create some very odd-sounding blazons. For example, my own arms would be blazoned by Berry as: Hope two chevronels justice between three apples charity slipped and leaved strength.