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1.0 out of 5 stars
Very Poor, 12 Dec 2009
This book has several inaccuracies and shows amazingly little reading of the main texts relating to heraldry before the renaissance. It is written and edited by those who fail to understand that heraldry is a subject and a discipline of its own. The non-heraldrist historian who wishes simply to read a few books and then write confidently will near always let himself down. The issues and details of the laws, principles and character of heraldry are rarely intuitive to persons without a rigorous scholarly background in understanding heraldry as a stand alone field.
Furthermore the book is repetitive, frequently makes a tedious big deal of the obvious and its general lack of discipline has also allowed errors easily spotted by any expert of armour or tournament with an adequately training in academic rigour: subjects upon which, ironically, Osprey has to date published most reliable books.
To restore its deservedly excellent reputation Osprey should withdraw this childish and misleading book. Osprey should also be most careful that anything with which it replaces this book be not only written but also edited by persons of impeccable authority in the deceptively multiplex subject of heraldry.