This is an authoritative and very readable introduction to a fascinating subject which explains and fully illustrates everything a layman may wish to know. It begins with the history of heraldry which touches on such crucial moments and figures in the past as the Crusades, the Black Prince, Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth, Henry VIII, his wives and children.
It describes the colourful medieval tournaments, the orders of chivalry such as the Garter and the Bath, the peerage, the distinctive Scottish, Welsh and Irish systems of heraldry, some Continental examples and the American inheritance, as well as giving a detailed and informed analysis of the elements in a coat of arms: the shield, tinctures, charges, helm and crest. All this is complemented with outstanding drawings which cover every aspect and period of the subject from a Roman standard to the coat of arms of President Eisenhower.
About the authors
Stephen Friar is a writer and historian, a Fellow of the Heraldry Society and a founder member of the Society of Heraldic Arts.
John Ferguson is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, a founder member of the Society of Heraldic Arts and a member of the Heraldry Society. Both are Distinguished Fellows of the American College of Heraldry.
1st paperback edition, 2nd reprint 2007, paperback, 200pp, very well illustrated and includes 16 colour plates, 15.5 x 23.5 cm