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.
Okay, I've been leading up to this first post about the heraldry in Canterbury Cathedral for a while now, and we're finally at that point!
One of the most-often discussed heraldry at the Cathedral is on the ceilings of the Cloister. I'd read about these shields before, and seen a few photographs. None of that prepared me to how comparatively low the ceilings are in the Cloister, and thus how close the heraldry you are. (I mean, you can't just reach up and touch them, but I think I could get to them using my eight-foot stepladder from home.) Once overcoming my initial Wow!, I took photographs.
I am not going to even attempt to identify all of the arms in these photos. That has already been done, and probably far better than I would be able to, by Dr. Paul Fox, FSA. He has a whole page on his website, with links to identifications of the arms in the individual bays, at https://www.drpaulfoxfsa.com/canterbury-cloister
So feel free to take a look at my photos here, but be sure to visit Dr. Fox's website for the identifications.
As always, you can click on each picture to see a larger, and thus more detailed, image.