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HERALDRY, civil and canon law. The art or office of a herald. It is the art, practice, or science of recording genealogies, and blazoning arms or ensigns armorial. It also teaches whatever relates to the marshaling of cavalcades, processions, and other public ceremonies. Encyc.; Ridley's View of the Civil and Canon Law, pt. 2, c. 1, Sec. 6.

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One of the key rules, he says, is that there must not be two identical coats of arms.
There are many images of saints and coats of arms, secular scenes meant for castles and scholars' studies, cycles of the months and the mechanical arts - all well explained and historically contextualized.
Prior to designing the shields, I introduced the students to some of the common patterns, colors and charges, or symbols, found in traditional coats of arms.
Anyway, they say, the kuna was the currency in the middle ages, and the chequerboard coats of arms is also an ancient one.
The art of heraldry created coats of arms as visual representations of European families, and Chinese chops, Japanese mon, and Northwest Indian totems have served the same function for centuries.
COLUMNIST Brian Reade awards a trio of royals the coats of arms they really deserve:
Wealthy families would order whole dinner services, supplying details of the coats of arms and family crests they wanted painted on them.
Both already have the scallop on their coats of arms, which were designed when they turned 18.
Pupils from local schools - including Class 1 from Highburton First, who are pictured here - have designed coats of arms which will be entered in a contest at Shepley Spring Festival.
The couple from Sheldon, who have a combined age of 68, have designed their coats of arms using symbols common to the MacNichol family line.
His image appears in coats of arms and on countless illustrations that to this day pervade our lives.
Consequently, the self-identity of the abbess became crucial, as can be gleaned from an emphasis on preserving names, written descriptions, visual representations, and abbesses' coats of arms.