A microscopic piece of heraldry necessarily stands condemned, because it merely pretends to hint that the owner thinks himself a person of distinction, instead of performing the true function of enabling the casual observer to identify the owner. Monograms and unostentatious heraldry are therefor the badge of the parvenu, and such heraldry is usually bogus. Genuine arms are almost always displayed boldly and beautifully at every possible opportunity, indoors and out. --
Thomas Innes of Learney, Scots Heraldry, pp. 161-162
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.
This is what happens when an heraldic artist has never seen anything more than a very rough description of an heraldic beast when painting ...
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Monday, January 6, 2020
A Final Stop in Canterbury
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).