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Random quote: "The great accumulation of heraldic manuscripts now preserved in the British Museum is surpassed in size and variety of content only by that in the College of Arms" C.E. Wright

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Administrator"As firewood cannot burn without flame, neither can a gentleman achieve perfect honour nor worldly renown without prowess" - Chroniques de Jean Froissart (1337-1412)
Administrator"While they were preparing the lists destined for the tournaments, they exhibited through the cloisters of frome neighbouring monasteries, the armoiral sheilds of those who designed to enter the lists." - Memoirs of Ancient Chivalry, Monsieur de St. Palaye (1784)
Administrator"My addiction of genealogy was, I believe, inborn. At five I was writing out imaginary pedigrees on rolls of shelf paper, and a little later had one of the thrills of my life when I first saw a card for the instruction of children with a printed pedigree card of the Kings of England." - A Herald's World, Sir Anthony Wagner (1988)
Administrator"That thefe Enfignes of Honour, as are commonly called Armes, which of later times have been chiefly ufed for diftinction of families, had their original from the practife of great Commanders in War, is not unknown to the learned." - The Antient Usage in Bearing of fuch Enfignes of Honour, Sir William Dugdale, Garter Prinicipal King of Arms (1682)
speters"Heraldry in Canada is both indigenous and adopted. Of indigenous heraldry the most outstanding examples are the family crest figures of the north-west coast Indian peoples. So distinctive are these devices that they have been incorporated inot the coats of arms of four British Columbian cities.." - Symbols for a Sovereign Nation, The Heraldry Society of Canada (1986)
speters"The Heraldry Society of Canada believes it is timely for the Government of Canada to recognize the contribution heraldry has made, and continues to make, in developing our national identity and portraying the Canadian community and character in a consistent and logical way. This recognition would take the form of the creation of a Canadian heraldic authority with Canadian officers of arms, operating under the Royal Prerogative, responsible for granting these honours from the Crown to Canadians." - Symbols for a Sovereign Nation, The Heraldry Society of Canada (1986)
speters"Heraldry is the fusion of fact and fancy, myth and manner, romance and reality. It is an exuberant union of family, art, and history." - The Lion Rejoicing, Charles Burnett, Mark Dennis (1997)
KgreavesThe boast of heraldry, the pomp of pow'r, and all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave, awaits alike the inevitable hour: the paths of glory lead but to the grave. Gray.
dcvet"If the tongue could cut as the sword can do, the dead would be infinite." Filippo Vadi, "Arte Dimicandi Gladiatoria" (c.1482 - 87)
SPeters"The great accumulation of heraldic manuscripts now preserved in the British Museum is surpassed in size and variety of content only by that in the College of Arms" C.E. Wright
SPeters"By 1350 rolls of arms were certainly being compiled by heralds; Sir Anthony Wagner has drawn attention of an interesting passage in 'Pierce the Ploughman's Crede', written about 1394, in which the author, after referring to the shields of arms in the windows of a house of Dominicans, adds: 'Ther is non heraud that hath half swich a rolle' - thereby indicating an already accepted connection between heralds and rolls of arms." C.E.Wright
SPeters"Herald is derived from the old French herault. The meaning of the term is uncertain, but it is supposed to be derived from the old High German 'heren', to call, or from 'here' an army, and 'healt' a champion." L.G. Pine
SPeters"So may you lose your arms. If you strike me, you are no gentleman. And if no gentleman, why then no arms." [Katherine] "A Herald, Kate?" Oh put me in thy books." [Petruchio] The Taming of the Shrew
SPeters"..a lion, for instance, which in nature is not a very distinctive object, was portrayed, for greater distinction, with its leonine attributes, its fierce expression, frightful claws, lithe and lissom body all vastly exaggerated, so that indeed it looked more like a lion than did ever any lion of nature. In this wise, by turning away from true representation and adopting a character all its own, was the 'heraldic lion' born, and with it came also the manner of depictin all the other beasts and forms and patterns which is so peculiarly heraldic." Sir George Bellew
SPeters"In their beginnings armorial bearings were essentially military, and military authority in those days flowed from and depended on the tenure of the land. It followed that the early arms were identified almost as closely with the land as with the man, with a particular county, lordship or estate as with the owner. Later the personal aspect prevailed and for some centuries arms have belonged to and have distinguished the individual." H. Stanford London
SPeters"The idea of setting two beasts to support a shield of arms is usually credited to the old engravers who were moved to fill the voids left when a shield was set in a circular seal. For this they often used some sort of animal, but most early seals show dragon-like creatures which seem to be purely decorative. It is not until the 14th century tha any heraldic significance can regularly or reasonably be assigned to these creatures." H. Stanford London

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