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Ordinary of British Armorials: An Alphabetical Dictionary of Coats of Arms Belonging to Families in Great Britain and Ireland
Ordinary of British Armorials: An Alphabetical Dictionary of Coats of Arms Belonging to Families in Great Britain and Ireland
by John W. Papworth
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential 'tool' for students of heraldry, 14 May 2012
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Anyone beginning to study the complex but fascinating world of English heraldry will soon confront the rules of 'blazoning', that is describing in words the contents of a shield, or complete achievement of arms. (The latter means the shield, crest, supporters, motto, etc.) Note that purists avoid the term 'coat of arms' as a confusion with the 'surcoat' worn over armour, patterned like the shield.
Seeing a shield for the first time, and having blazoned it, the next step is to identify it. As there are many thousands of arms the chance of recognising more than a few is small. This is where Papworth's 'Ordinary' comes in.
Here virtually all the arms known are listed according to simple rules and moving through these step by step leads one to the family name concerned.
To an embryo, or experienced, herald, the book is indispensable and essential.
The copy I purchased is in beautiful condition, and arrived promptly. It is already working hard to justify its purchase!


The Complete Victoria Cross: A Full Chronological Record of All Holders of Britain's Highest Award for Gallantry
The Complete Victoria Cross: A Full Chronological Record of All Holders of Britain's Highest Award for Gallantry
by Kevin Brazier
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.00

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3.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive reference work, 22 April 2010
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This is just what it says 'on the tin'. It is not intended for bedtime reading (though it would be compulsive browsing and would keep one awake longer than one intended) but is a reference work, pure and simple. I give talks on the history of the VC and this is the perfect ammunition to answer impossible questions from the awkward squad in the audience. So far as I can see it contains no errors - no mean feat.
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