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The Complete Book of Heraldry: An International History of Heraldry and Its Contemporary Uses Hardcover – 2003
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The Complete Book of Heraldry looks not only at the medieval world in which it thrived, but at the language it used and the elaborate system of coded messages it conveyed, and its inextricable link with chivalry. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Stephen Slater is a council member of The Heraldry Society of England and is active in other regional heraldic organizations. He has lectured widely throughout Britain and Europe on a variety of heraldic subjects, in particular his heraldic forays around Europe and his specific interest in the heraldry of Wiltshire, England. Stephen Slater writes articles on heraldry for numerous publications and has collaborated on several books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book contains more details and photos about the coats of arms and how it's developed.
It's quite useful for me to read and understand the meaning and even the history behind the coats.
This book covers both historical and contemporary issues, from the need for coat armour in mediaeval warfare to modern air-force insignia.
It doesn't spend a lot of space on blazon: just enough to get you started. But it does include right up-to-the-minute information about many countries and subfields, from Scandanavia to Japan, and from medical heraldry to armour.
My only criticism: it is very light on coverage of Scotland, which is arguably the country with the best developed and most enforced heraldic code in the world.
I would like to see more examples of the types of ordinaries used, however those that are in the book are excellent.
This is a good book for those who would like an introduction to heraldry. For anyone beginning heraldry in the SCA (Society of Creative Anachronism), this is an excellent and reliable reference book and recommended throughout the group
The second section, which is largely organized by geography, considers royal and noble heraldry, civic and nationalist arms, the spread of heraldry to other parts of the world (especially those areas colonized or conquered by European nations), and the place of heraldry in today's world. Considerable attention is also given late in the volume to the art of heraldry, the modern design of arms, the gradual replacement of arms by logos, and the use of heraldry as a political weapon.
Every glossy page provides well-written and accurate text, but at least half of each page is taken up by full-color heraldic paintings, photos of badges and other regalia as well as people making practical use of arms, and technical drawings and charts explaining the elements of an achievement and the descent of arms. In many of its sections, especially state and civic heraldry, the choice of illustrations is necessarily limited to a representative selection, but they are more than adequate to make the author's point. While there are a number of technical and classic works in heraldry which the specialist might regard as earlier purchases, this volume is the one I would choose if I were looking for a gift for someone with a general interest in the subject.
NOTE: This work is to be preferred to _The History and Meaning of Heraldry_ by the same author, and also published by Hermes in 2004. The later work appears to be only half the length of the title under discussion, even though the publisher says it was "previously published" as _The Complete Book of Heraldry_. Note also that the identical complete text appears as the second half of _The World Encyclopedia of Flags and Heraldry_ (Hermes, 2007), sharing the volume with Znamierowski's excellent _World Encyclopedia of Flags_. The _Complete Book_ was republished without apparent alteration in 2010.