Heraldry in Historic Houses of Great Britain

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Developed originally for medieval battle flags, heraldic coats of arms quickly became emblems of noble families' origins and identities. This unique illustrated book explores the roots and uses of heraldry and its terminology and lore, and shows how it influenced the design and decor of 50 houses owned and preserved by Britain's National Trust.Drawing on their official access to the records of Britain's College of Arms, the authors illuminate the development of each house's heraldic symbols, which can indicate everything from marriages and honors to social status and even a sense of humor. The lush color photographs reveal the decorative uses of heraldry, as seen on paneling, carpets, stained glass, china, even door latches. Line drawings of each coat of arms and a gazetteer of what to look for in other National Trust properties provide readers with plenty more to investigate in historic houses throughout Great Britain.

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Woodcock qualified as barrister and is Somerset Herald.

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A stylized identification that indicated one's rank and place in society, heraldry brings to mind battle shields and coats of arms, medieval knights and nobility. Its use is well illustrated in this selection of 50 homes in Britain's National Trust. These historical homes bring the lineage and history of their heraldry to life, with beautiful pictures of the application of these emblems and symbols. Woodcock and Robinson, coauthors of The Oxford Guide to Heraldry, first give the reader a quick introduction to the history, art, and design of heraldry. Moving alphabetically though these National Trust homes, the authors detail their history and genealogy, augmenting each with a line drawing of the family coat of arms and a photo of the heraldry used in the home. This is a delightful approach, focusing on heraldry's actual application and telling interesting tales of family history and the evolution of coats of arms with a conversational text. Charming and intimate, this is a delightful supplement to the study of heraldry. Recommended for academic or larger public libraries.DKaren Ellis, Nicholson Memorial Lib. Syst., Garland, TX
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