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.
Could this be a reason for all of the maiden's heads, breasts distilling milk drops (yes, I'm talking about you, Dodge!*), and bare-breasted mermaids and melusines (and even harpies) that can be found in heraldry?
Distract 'em and hit 'em. That's the way to win a battle.
* The arms of Dodge of county Kent, Slopworth county Chester, county Suffolk, and Mannington county Norfolk, are Barry of six or and sableon a pale gules a breast distilling drops of milk proper. (Burke's General Armory seems to have bowdlerized the charges on the pale to "an eye argent weeping and dropping or," but you can see from this depiction from 1880 that the charge on the pale is most definitely not and "eye.")