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A Brief History of Heraldry
time began, man has been fascinated with symbolism. From ancient cave paintings;
Egyptian hieroglyphics; Indian totems; every part of man’s history is full of
symbols. Modern company logos; jockey’s colours; football strips; military
insignia are some of the usages of symbols in modern times that enjoy instant
recognition. All of these have a commonality with that gentle & colourful
art & science that flourished with the feudal systems of
its distinctive aspects, heraldry appeared in
fact that these devices were principally displayed on shields; that they were
hereditary; and were regarded as ensigns of honour, is the way in which heraldry
differed from other forms of symbolism, and as the special mark of a free
warrior and leader, their use was systematic and controlled. Those to whom this
responsibility fell were the heralds. In fulfilment of their many duties, these
ceremonial officers and messengers had particular need to know the devices that
identified individuals, and consequently the study of “coats of arms” has
been popularly termed “heraldry”.
or Amory, as it is alternatively known, in all its glorious colour is a noble
science, a fascinating art form, a most useful reference in the study of
genealogy and family history, and the basis of a most interesting and absorbing
“Leeds Heraldry Society”, was formed to encourage knowledge about the
science, and the study of all its aspects through meetings, lectures, visits and
publications. The Society grew and prospered and taking the wider outlook,
became “The Yorkshire Heraldry Society” in 1987.
from all walks of life enjoy the varied programme of lectures, discussions and
outings arranged throughout the year — based on a season beginning in
September and ending in May. Visitors are very welcome at a nominal charge of £2.
you be willing to enjoy a flirtation with such an accessible part of our
nation’s heritage, please see our membership page for details of how to join
of our regular meetings, lectures, visits and functions will then be sent to
you, with a warm welcome to meet with us to delight not only in the very rich
heraldic legacy of a bygone era, but also the continuing heraldic traditions
that brighten our modern times.