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.
There are times that I just love living in this day and age. Occasionally, I think that living maybe fifty years from now might be even better, but still, what's happening now just amazes me.
In this specific case of "Wow!", I ran across a link on Facebook that led me to a page in England that showed me, among other things, this:
It seems that the Leicester Cathedral has digitized and uploaded the Book of Hours of Richard III (1482-1485). In addition, they have included in this high resolution .pdf file (yes, it's downloadable. Yes, I have a copy of it saved to my computer already, for more detailed review later) a copy of The Hours of Richard III by Anne F. Sutton and Livia Visser-Fuchs, published in 1990, a scholarly review of this Book of Hours. Key points in the original Book of Hours are linked to the interpretative text, so that the reader can move easily from one to the other.
A quick review of the Book did not show me any heraldry in it at all, but still, what a great thing to run across while cruising about the internet, just sitting here in my home (in one of my heraldic tee shirts - a version of the arms of the United States - and a pair of sweatpants. Or is that too much information?).