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One of the Authors' Coat of Arms.

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Heraldry, Strategy at War.
By Hannah and Juan.

Heraldry is making a better come-back than Britney Spears! Heraldry has long been the study system of symbols that started in the late 12th Century. Heraldry was used in war and everyday life. Heraldry is related to both symbolism and genealogy because their basic symbol is the coat of arms. Coat of Arms, or Arms for short, represent individuals, families, countries, universities and even churches. The basic design for the arms included the shield (the base), the crest (optional), the helm (the bearer’s rank), the wreath, and the mantle. There were also main colours; blue, red, green, black and purple. Also two metals, silver and gold. The arms were kept track of in a Registry. The arms were started when Nobles had to trade their possessions for the military to guard their land if invasion were to happen, when things started going missing the nobles engraved their images in their possessions to prove they were theirs. Arms don’t stay the same throughout the whole lifetime. With marriage, children, there’s no way the arms can stay. So the rules to the coat of arms changing is a son has his father’s arms with an added symbol. When the father dies, the son gets his arms. A daughter keeps her father’s arms until marriage then she’d combine her fathers and her husband’s arms and if the wife is from a powerful family the husband adds her arms to his. The children use the combined arms. Sounds interesting, huh? Well heraldry is obviously becoming bigger and bigger because they STILL study it! In London, England there is actually a College of Arms!!!! So maybe you should go out and make yourself a coat of arms, and that’s how Sue “c”s it.



HERALDS BY Juan.


A herald or, more correctly, a herald of arms , is an officer of arms, ranking between pursuivant (is a junior officer of arms and king of arms (is the senior rank of an officer of arms)
Their job was to recognize people in battles and tournaments by their coat of arms (A coat of arms is, strictly speaking, a distinctive heraldic design on a tunic used to cover and protect armour, but the term is more broadly applied to mean a full heraldic achievement which consists of a shield and certain accessories.)
They where also messengers from the king to his people announcing decisions / events, they trained the pursuivants ,they had to record knights’ last wishes ( every knight had a herald)
In war knights took the heralds in to the battlefield
Heralding was a great honor