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Medieval Coat of Arms

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Brianna Rogers

on 20 December 2014

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Transcript of Medieval Coat of Arms

Medieval Coat of Arms
The first sets of coat of arms were traditionally used to tell one knight from another. They put theirs on their coat that they wore over their armor (hence the name
of arms) and on their flags and shields. As you can imagine, if there was even two coat of arms that were the same, it would be very confusing. So, there were men called heralds that kept track of all of the coat of arms and who they belonged to. Heralds made sure that when a guy applied for a coat of arms, nobody already had that design. Designs began to run low, so there became strict laws for applying for coat of arms. They needed to be O.K .ed by the government, and now there was only coat of arms that were passed down from generation to generation.

What is a Coat of Arms?
A coat of arms is a visual representation of a family, town, or country. A coat of arms is a decorative shield that usually includes a variety of different symbols, patterns, and designs. These symbols all represent different things. A traditional coat of arms includes a motto, a crest, supporters, a helm, a wreath, and the shield elements (the designs and patterns on the shield).
What is it For?
The coat of arms was used to identify a family, town, or country. When a knight goes to battle, it is showcased on the shield and armor. This was done so that they can tell their foes from their own. The coat of arms showcased a family's honor and position in government.
Coat of Arms- Ordinaries
Coat of arms Colors and meanings
Yellow or Gold- Generosity
White or Silver- Peace and Serenity
Black- Constancy, Grief
Here are a few, more common colors on Coat of Arms.
Blue- Loyalty and Truth
Red- Willingness to serve your country, including Martyrdom
Coat of Arms Animals and Meanings
Lion- Courage

Bear- Ferocity in protecting offspring
Tiger- Fierceness in Battle
Unicorn- Purity, virtue, and extreme bravery
Goat- A Man who wins without engaging in war

Coat of Arms - other Symbols
Heart- Charity and Sincerity
Hand- Faith, Sincerity, Justice
Arm- A Hard Worker

Leg- Strength and Stability
Human Head- Honor
Scepter- Justice
Supporters (the animals on the sides of the shield)
Wreath (a 6-twist piece above the helm)
Shield Elements
Parts of a Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms Heraldic Lines and Meanings
Red Hand- Symbol of a
This is the coat of arms of Ireland.
This is the royal coat of arms of Scotland.
This is the coat of arms of Queen Elizabeth II.
Nebuly = clouds or air
Wavy =sea or water
Invected or Engrailed =earth or land
Indented = fire
Dancette= water
Raguly= difficulty that has been encountered
Embattled= walls of a great fortress or town (and fire)
Coat of Arms Furs
Ermine (white with black spots)
Erminois (gold with black spots)
Ermines (black with white spots)
Pean (black with gold spots)
Vair (blue and white bell shapes)
This is the coat of arms of London.
http://www.genesreunited.co.uk/blog/genes- reunited-blog/archive/2013/11/7/what-the-symbols-on-a-coat-of-arms,-family-crests,and-seals-mean
Chief= Authority and Dominion
Fess= Military belt
Pale= Military strength or Bravery
Cross/ Saltire/Chevron= Protection
Bend= Defense or Protection
Bend Sinister= Marks a royal descent that is "barred by illegitimacy" to ascend the throne
This is the coat of arm of Spain
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