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.
It's always fun on our travels, to see the local heraldry on display.
But equally, it's sad to see some perfectly good opportunities for heraldic display that have been passed up.
That is, shield and/or cartouches, often with other heraldic or quasi-heraldic decorative elements, that display only a blank surface. I swear, sometimes it's enough to make me want to get a ladder and some cans of paint, and paint coats of arms on their surfaces.
Be that as it may, doing so is usually considered to be vandalism, and so I restrain myself. But still, wouldn't you want to do something to put some heraldry on the shields below, all found in the City of Arras, France?
They all just seem to be crying out to have their blank faces covered with heraldry, don't they?