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At once an excellent introduction to heraldry and an authoritative up-to-date record for experts, this all-encompassing volume covers the origins of heraldry, the composition and appearance of arms, how they were and are granted, their evolution as families intermarry, and their decorative use. While Britain figures most prominently, the guide also includes separate chapters on American and European heraldry. Most important, the coats of arms and heraldic devices that illustrate this colorful book are drawn from manuscripts in the College of Arms Library, the most important collection of heraldic manuscripts in the world.
|List of Colour Plates|
|I||Origins of Heraldry||1|
|III||Grantees of English Arms||33|
|IV||The Shield of Arms||50|
|VI||Supporters, Badges, and Mottoes||93|
|VII||Marshalling of Arms||116|
|VIII||Heraldic Authority in Great Britain||139|
|X||The Use of Heraldry as Decoration||172|
|App. A||The Royal Arms of Great Britain||187|
|App. B||English and Scottish Kings of Arms||192|
|Glossary of Heraldic Terms in General Use||197|