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Or & Argent

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In the past 800 years, rules have evolved to control the designs used on a coat of arms, as well as designs differentiating a family's descent from other armigerous families. One of the most intriguing rules is that metal on metal, gold and silver (Or & Argent in heraldic terms), is not allowed. As a life-long heraldist and one whose own family arms diverges from this "sacred" rule, Archbishop Heim researched hundreds of works, some dating from the 12th century, to find its origins. A classic, scholarly work,...
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Overview

In the past 800 years, rules have evolved to control the designs used on a coat of arms, as well as designs differentiating a family's descent from other armigerous families. One of the most intriguing rules is that metal on metal, gold and silver (Or & Argent in heraldic terms), is not allowed. As a life-long heraldist and one whose own family arms diverges from this "sacred" rule, Archbishop Heim researched hundreds of works, some dating from the 12th century, to find its origins. A classic, scholarly work, but one written with humor interspersed between the fascinating illustrations and facts.
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edition. The copyright page shows a different ISBN than the cover. Distributed in the US by Dufour. Retired Apostolic Delegate to Great Britain, Archbishop Heim is coat of arms breaks the rule. Also available in a limited, signed the leading heraldic authority in the Catholic Church and designs the coats of arms of the past four popes and other church luminaries. Here he challenges the supposed ancient prohibition on using silver and gold on or next to each other on coats of arms by illustrating in color 360 that violate the rule. He also considers the possible reason for such a ban and cites some of the earliest writing about heraldry. Pure passion for historical accuracy motivated the study, of course, but Heim's own family Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780905715247
  • Publisher: Colin Smythe Ltd.
  • Publication date: 12/31/1994
  • Pages: 133

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