- Paperback: 234 pages
- Publisher: Robson Books; 3rd edition (April 15, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1861050771
- ISBN-13: 978-1861050779
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,247,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heraldic Alphabet Paperback – April 15, 1997
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With hundreds of entries, this dictionary of heraldic terms is a godsend to students. J.P. Brooke-Little covers MANY terms, both familiar and obscure, and includes alternate spellings and obsolete terms that would be encountered in older blazons.
While no book of this sort could be comprehensive, "An Heralic Alphabet" is quite thourough, and a must have for any student of heraldry.
Heraldry is all about great displays of color, design (even design as we do it today), fantastical animals, and history. It's a great way to teach children about drawing and design, to start them learning about the great people whose "arms" (as an individual's personal design is called) are often seen, like Richard the Lionheart, Henry VIII and his ladies, Queen Elizabeth and her family. It's a way of teaching about relationships that can be seen a family's heraldry through the years (and goggle at some of the most remarkable mishmashes you'l probably ever see).
This small book contains the basics that will open all of that to you. It is written by a former head of the British College of Arms (called the "Garter King of Arms"), and one of the great scholars on the subject. Yet, it is written in plain English (with a Queen's touch to it), with a sense of British humor to give a chuckle or two. There is a compendium of things and animals that are used in the creation of arms.
For those of us in the SCA, this is a precious little volume that will fit nicely in a traveling kit as a reminder of the basics to help when consulting with our clients.
But, no matter what you do with it, be sure to enjoy.
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A basic but necessary little tome that all heraldists should have in their library.Published 20 months ago by Northshore Knight