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.
Yes, I know; there's a lot more heraldry in Canterbury Cathedral that I have not posted here. But, really, do you need yet another picture of the tomb of the Black Prince, his jupon and helm? I don't think so; there are plenty of images out there, at least some of which are better than any photographs that I might post here. And, yes, there are a lot of armorial stained glass windows in the Cathedral that I also am not posting here, for the same reasons.
But before leaving Canterbury entirely, though, I have one more place with heraldry to show you.
This is the building housing the Institute of Genealogical and Heraldic Studies, founded by Cecil Humphrey-Smith (full disclosure: I have met C.H-S. on a couple of occasions, almost made him chuckle once (ask me about that when you see me sometime), and I own most of his books). My friend Richard Baker is in charge of the day-to-day activities of the Institute.
They do a lot of good work there, and offer both on-site and correspondence/internet courses in genealogy and heraldry. If you are interested, you can find their website with more details as well as books for sale on-line at http://www.ihgs.ac.uk/
I did find the shield-shaped sign hanging outside the Institute a fun bit of whimsy; this is, of course, not their coat of arms.
This is their coat of arms: Azure a cross flory within an annulet of acorns bases outward or. (That may not be the official blazon, but that's what it looks like to me.) The motto is: Tentaverunt me patres vestri (Your fathers tested me).