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European Nobility and Heraldry Hardcover – 12 Sep 1994
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Pinches has acquired quite a reputation as an expert in heraldry, the principal visual codification of the landed classes in Great Britain and Europe. In this volume, he works his way through one specialized segment of the heraldic histories of all the western European nations. (The southeastern countries like Serbia, Greece, and Bulgaria are omitted because they were under Turkish domination for so long, they never developed a western heraldic system). He's interested not in the arms granted to families but to the added ornamentation of an achievement: the crest, supporters, helm, assorted crowns and coronets, and the mantling, all of which have traditionally been more important on the Continent than in Britain. He fills out his discussion with an historical overview of the monarchy and nobility of each country, as well as the political histories of the emerging nation-states of Europe as they affected heraldic practice. Many maps and several hundred black-and-white illustrations make this an excellent reference tool in its field.