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The Oxford Guide to Heraldry By Thomas Woodcock

The Oxford Guide to Heraldry
by Thomas Woodcock

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Designed to entertain and instruct the layman, this book makes use of the records and manuscript collection of the College of Arms, to provide a history of heraldic symbols and a guide to their usage.
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The Oxford Guide to Heraldry Summary

The Oxford Guide to Heraldry by Thomas Woodcock

Heraldry is a colourful art with special rules and methods - a system of symbols denoting prominent families and institutions; a display of pageantry; and an invaluable aid to historians. Even a slight knowledge of heraldry can make all the difference in tracing family histories, and in looking at old houses, churches and monuments. This illustrated guide to the history and significance of heraldic symbols is written by Officers of Arms with full access to the records and manuscript collection of the College of Arms, the heraldic authority for the UK. It is both an introduction to the subject of heraldry, and an up-to-date record for experts. Subjects covered in this book include the origins of heraldry, the composition and appearance of arms, how and why they were, and still are, granted, their evolution as families grow and intermarry, and their use as decoration. While most attention is paid to Britain, there are also separate chapters on American and European heraldry, the latter covering France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Russia, Austria, Belgium, Portugal and the Netherlands.

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About Thomas Woodcock

About the Authors
Thomas Woodcock is Somerset Herald. He is the joint editor of the Dictionary of British Arms.
John Martin Robinson is Fitzalan Pursuivant Extraordinary and the author of several books, including The Dukes of Norfolk and The National Trust Book of English Country Estate.

Table of Contents

Origins of heraldry; European heraldry; grantees of English arms; the shield of arms; crests; supporters, badges and mottoes; marshalling of arms; heraldic authority in Great Britain; American heraldry; the use of heraldry as decoration.

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The Oxford Guide to Heraldry by Thomas Woodcock
Thomas Woodcock
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