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Heraldry (History Handbooks) Paperback – January 1, 1996


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  • Series: History Handbooks
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750910852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750910859
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,446,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Friar has also written The Local History Companion, The Sutton Companion to Castles and the Companion to the English Parish Church. He lives in Dorset. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Nostrand on July 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent introduction to heraldry as it existed in the middle ages and renaissance. It also traces the evolution of heraldry through the Victorian period.
This book is an introduction to heraldry and is neither a roll of arms nor a heraldic dictionary. It does an admirable job of introducing the reader to the structure of British heraldry. While not containing an exhaustive collection of beasts and monsters such as found in a heraldic dictionary, it doex contain a chapter on "blazon" which is the technical language used to describe coats of arms. This chapter uses many diagrams to illustrate such things as different ways to divide up a shield, basic geometric forms placed on the shield, how the arms of related people differ, and other common elements of British armory. Other chapters abound with drawings and photographs of how heraldry was used in medieval Britain.
This book is pretty much a "must have" for the beginning student of heraldry.
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By Buyer on December 31, 2012
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Bought this book to assist with my research of the family history. Was not disappointed. Very informative. Used the crests to make connections to family history.
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