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THE ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF HERALDRY, an International History of Heraldry and Its Contemporary Uses Hardcover – 2006

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hermes House; 1st edition (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844772241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844772247
  • Product Dimensions: 30.4 x 23.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,771,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Examining the complete breadth of the history surrounding heraldry, this text looks not only at the medieval world in which it thrived, but at the language it used and the elaborate system of coded messages it conveyed, and its inextricable link with chivalry. It also covers both the larger aspects of heraldry and everyday heraldic uses such as guilds and cities, hospitals and schools, and contains a comprehensive glossary. The international uses of heraldry and the way in which different countries in different ages have interpreted it are also included. Most of Europe and the Americas are covered as well as looking at Scandinavia, Africa and Japan. Intended for both novices and experts, the book has a wide range of content, with specially commissioned artwork from heraldic artists and many previously unpublished illustrations

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Deacon on 14 Jun. 2009
Format: Hardcover
As reviewer P.Conlon says, Mr Slater and/or his publishers seem to like recycling material.

I already owned The Complete Book of Heraldry and very pleased with it I was too. So much so that I bought The Illustrated Book of Heraldry on sight. Unfortunately, once I got home, I found that the two books, apart from their titles and covers, are IDENTICAL.

I hate it when publishers do this. Amazon! Sort them out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Conlon on 14 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Mr Slater's books on Heraldry are richly illustrated in colour (befitting the subject) and are very readable and descriptive. They really bring the subject to life.
One issue I have however is that he has published a number of books on the same subject and it is very difficult to identify which one to purchase (hence the four star rating). I have seen at least four different but similar titles (my comments above are based on the first listed): `The Illustrated Book of Heraldry: An International History of Heraldry and its Contemporary Uses', `Heraldry Today: The Ancient Art and its Modern Applications' (also known by the title `Living Heraldry'), `The Complete Book of Heraldry: An International History of Heraldry and its Contemporary Uses' and `The World Encyclopedia of Flags and Heraldry: An International History of Heraldry and Its Contemporary Uses'. All are published in the last few years and there may be others - things are further complicated by the fact that the same book can have different ISBNs (that's the case with mine anyway).
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