The Sutton Companion to Heraldry
By (author) Stephen Friar
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Sutton Companion to Heraldry by Stephen Friar
Book DescriptionUbiquitous in the fabric of our ancient churches, castles and houses, in documents, and on monuments and stained glass, heraldry represents a treasure house of information for both the historian and genealogist. Here Stephen Friar, an experienced armorist and historian, provides the reader with the keys to unlock the mysteries of heraldry's language, conventions and traditions. The origins of heraldry and its significance in the live of our noble and gentle forebears are considered, as are the interception of heraldic devices: the systems of marshalling which record affiliation, marriage and inheritance; cadency, by which the younger members of a family may be identified; and, the symbols themselves, which often contain obscure references to a family's history and its fluctuating relationships with the Crown. The conventions of armory are explained, and there is a useful section on the interpretation of blazon, the language of heraldry, complemented with an illustrated glossary. With over one hundred black-and-white photographs, sixteen pages of colour illustrations and exquisite line-drawings by Andrew Jamieson and John Ferguson, this volume provides a fascinating and comprehensive introduction to the subject. Stephen Friar is a writer and historian. His previous books include "The Comparison to Churches", "The Companion to Local History", "The Companion to Cathedrals and Abbeys" and "The Companion to Castles" all published by The History Press.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750934756
(250mm x 180mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1980
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Stephen Friar
Cathedrals and Abbeys, Paperback (February 2010)
Britain's cathedrals remain potent symbols of religious continuity. Their purpose was to reveal God's majesty, to declare the supremacy of the Church and the devotion of the men who built them. This title contains over 1,450 entries, together with lists of useful addresses. It covers subjects like architecture, liturgy, history and monasticism.
Sutton Companion to Cathedrals and Abbeys, Hardback (February 2007)
Abbeys and cathedrals are hugely appealing to all who love history, architecture, archaeology and heritage. This companion contains over 1,200 entries, covering the history and development of abbeys and cathedrals since the Anglo-Saxon period; monasticism, life in a monastery, monastic estates; canons and collegiate foundations; and more.
Sutton Companion to Castles, Paperback (February 2007)
Over one thousand castles were built in the century following the Norman Conquest. Most were constructed in the wake of the Conquest itself by the Norman lords and their allies as they took possession of their lands. This title offers an encyclopedic knowledge of various aspects of castles.
Sutton Companion to Local History, Paperback (August 2004)» View all books by Stephen Friar
A guide to local history, archaeology, architecture and landscape. It answers many of the questions that arise in the course of local history research and travel and provides a starting point for further enquiries. It is suitable for the beginners and the experienced researchers alike.
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Author Biography - Stephen Friar
Stephen Friar has also written The Local History Companion, The Sutton Companion to Castles and the Companion to the English Parish Church. He lives in Dorset.
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