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1/ This is going to be a short, 20 tweet thread on Heraldry on Coats of Arms.
I will be adding this thread onto a bigger thread, but this " Heraldry " section needs its own thread,
as without it, my other thread won't make any sense at all..
2/ Heraldry (/ˈhɛrəldri/) means,, Its the design , display, & study of armorial bearings known as armory, as well as related disciplines, such as vexillology, together with the study of ceremony, rank, armoury & pedigree, ie , Family bloodlines.
3/ Armory the best known branch concerns the Design & Display of the Heraldic achievement, of which is displayed on , The COAT OF ARMS. This usually includes a Shield, Helmet, & Crest, together with accompanying devices, such as supporters, badges, banners, mottoes & colors
4/ The use of various devices to signify individuals & groups goes back to antiquity, both the form & use of such devices varied widely, and the concept of regular, hereditary designs, constituting the distinguishing feature of heraldry, did not develop until the High Middle Ages
5/ According to history, The use of helmets with face guards during this period made it difficult to recognize one's commanders in the field when large armies gathered together for extended periods, necessitating the development of heraldry as a symbolic language
6/ So, In our language, it means, That Coat of Arms describes, who you are, What families you come from , & what you have done , how many families or towns you control . These have their own Unique place on the the Coat of Arms. Their Symbolism is displayed for All of us to see.
7/ Heraldry has been described as "the shorthand of history". In modern times, individuals, public & private organizations, corporations, cities, towns, & regions use still use heraldry & its symbolism to Advertise their heritage, achievements, & aspirations.
8/ Precursors to modern day Heraldry .

Various symbols have been used to represent individuals or groups for thousands of years.
9/ The earliest representations of distinct persons and regions in Egyptian art show the use of standards topped with the images or symbols of various gods.
10/ The names of kings appear upon emblems known as serekhs, representing the king's palace, and usually topped with a falcon representing the god Horus, of whom the king was regarded as the earthly incarnation.
11/ Similar emblems and devices are found in ancient Mesopotamian art of the same period, and the precursors of heraldic beasts such as the griffin can also be found.
12/ In the Bible, the Book of Numbers refers to the standards and ensigns of the children of Israel, who were commanded to gather beneath these emblems & declare their pedigrees. #Heraldry
13/ The Greek and Latin writers frequently describe the shields and symbols of various heroes, & units of the Roman army were sometimes identified by distinctive markings on their shields. #Heraldry
14/ Until the nineteenth century, it was common for heraldic writers to cite examples such as these, and metaphorical symbols such as the "Lion of Judah" or "Eagle of the Caesars" of heraldry itself & representing their noble status and descent. #Heraldry
15/ The Book of Saint Albans, compiled in 1486, declares that Christ himself was a gentleman of coat armour. But these fabulous claims have long since been dismissed as the fantasy of medieval heralds.
16/  There is no evidence of a distinctive symbolic language akin to that of heraldry during this early period; nor do many of the shields described in antiquity bear a close resemblance to those of medieval #heraldry.

But history lies.
#Griffith & #Owl
17/ The medieval #heraldry also devised arms for various knights and lords from history and literature. Notable examples include the toads attributed to #Pharamond.
18/ The Cross & Martlets & Tudor Rose of Edward the Confessor, (pic1), the various arms attributed to the Nine Worthies (pic2 & 3) & the Knights of the Round Table (pic 4). These too are now regarded as a fanciful invention, rather than evidence of the antiquity of heraldry. 🧐
19/ I will attach the Wiki link for this. I know its Wikipedia,  however,  they are correct on this, and they have done a really good job gathering all this info in the one spot.  This will help us understood, why we see the things we see 🧐👍
20/ #Heraldic achievement consists of a shield of arms, together with all of its accompanying elements, such as a crest, supporters, and other heraldic embellishments
21/ #Heraldry, the field (background) of a shield can be divided into more than one area, or subdivision, of different tinctures, usually following the lines of one of the ordinaries & carrying its name. A shield divided in the shape of a chevron is said to be parted, per chevron
22/ There is a lot of information to absord, so, i will stop here for now before i continue. This is new to me & Im trying to understand stand all of this too.

#Heraldry To be Continued.
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