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.
Right across the street from the hotel where we lodged in Stuttgart, Germany, was a lovely little park with a pond and surrounding grassy area.
The German on this sign translates to: State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg, built 1959-1961. But of course it was the heraldry on the sign that really caught my eye.
The arms, officially granted on August 2, 1954, are Or three lions passant in pale sable, the three lions of the Dukes of Schwaben from the house of Staufen. On top of the
shield is placed a popular crown, on which the arms of former
territories that now form the State of Baden-Württemberg are shown. From left to right (dexter to sinister) these
are: Ost-Franken (Franconia), Hohenzollern, Baden, Württemberg, Kurpfalz, and
Austria. As supporters a deer and a griffin, taken from the arms of Württemberg
and Baden respectively are used. We will see the arms of Baden-Württemberg and Württemberg (Or three stag's attires in pale sable) again in other places around Stuttgart, and Baden (Or a bend gules) in both Stuttgart and Heidelberg. Be watching for them!