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.
Why Don't I Find Something Like This When _I_ Go Shopping?
I recently ran across an article I hadn't seen before about an old heraldic roll of arms that had been found in a London antique shop on Portobello Road.
The roll, four inches wide by fifteen feet long, has been dated to around 1584 and contains 42 coats of arms: eleven owners of Ludlow Castle between 1085 and 1570, nine Presidents of the Council of Wales and the Marches from 1478 to 1570, and twenty-two members of the Council in 1570. The arms include those of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth I.
It is believed to have been commissioned by Sir Henry Sidney, Lord President of the Council of Wales and the Marches.
The town is hoping to purchase the scroll, preserve and restore it, and put it on display where you, and I, can go see it the next time you, or I, are in the area.