Jab over Java: Color Symbolization in Medieval Coats of Arms

Heraldry was an art born out of necessity and developed out of symbolic thought. Presentation by The Apocalyptic Knight Heraldic designs came into general use among European nobility in the 12th century. Systematic, heritable heraldry had developed by the beginning of the 13th century. Exactly who had a right to use arms, by law or[…]

Medieval Heraldry: Personal Identity and Family Lineage

Heraldry began on the mid-12th century CE battlefield as an easy means to identify medieval royalty and princes. By Mark CartwrightHistorian Introduction Heraldry, that is the use of inherited coats of arms and other symbols to show personal identity and family lineage, began on the mid-12th century CE battlefield as an easy means to identify[…]