Sogliardo: […] by this Parchment Gentlemen, I have ben so toil’d among the Harrots [Heralds] yonder, you will not belieeve, they doe speake the straungest language, and give a man the hardest termes for his money, that ever you knew.
Carlo: But ha’ you armes? Ha’ you armes?
Sogliardo: Yfaith, I thanke God I can write myself Gentleman now, here’s my Pattent, it cost me thirtie pound by this breath.
Ben Jonson, Every Man Out of His Humour (1599)
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.