Debrett's Guide to Heraldry and Regalia

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From the late twelfth century kings and noblemen began to devise emblems to display on their shields and later on the surcoats they wore over their armour - hence 'coat of arms' - in order to recognise each other and their followers. The complex system of rules that has evolved around the use of heraldic charges is explained in fascinating detail with illustrations showing how the designs have developed. English, Scottish and European heraldry is covered and there is a chapter devoted to the central role played by the College of Arms and its heralds and the Court of Chivalry.
The history of English regalia and the coronation ceremony are central to the second part of the book, which also looks at civic regalia and regalia worldwide. A detailed list of the existing royal regalia in England and Scotland is included as well as a chronological list of English coronations, their dates, locations and officiating prelates. There is also a summary of existing royal regalia throughout the world, which notes those that are on public display.

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