Heraldic PDFs and Reference Material

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Chas Charles-Dunne
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Heraldic PDFs and Reference Material

Postby Chas Charles-Dunne » 16 Jan 2009 18:42

Hello All

I will be listing in this thread links to downloadable PDFs of out of print or out of copyright books and links to good reference material. I will note either PDF or RM before the link so members will know what to expect. The best way would be for members to follow the link to the page and then make the item a link in a separate 'Heraldry' folder in your 'Favourites' (Internet Explorer) or Bookmarks (Firefox). That way, you would have the links to hand if this forum ever got lost or destroyed. Anyway - its your computer, you know what to do.

For PDFs and Armorials and the like, I have a USB pocket hard-drive. They are really cheap now a days and being USB means I can go anywhere and plug it in and have all my important work to hand.

The first link then is RM:

http://www.dieter-philippi.de/mydante_1479.html

This is a big site (note - there is a second page as well). It is full of pictures and takes a long time to load - beware. It is written in German, but can be translated by http://babelfish.yahoo.com/. This site has a picture of every type of 'hat' worn by every type of 'priest' in the world. I have used it before to trace the arms of religious gentlemen throughout the world. You look at the 'ecclesiastical' arms; look at the hat displayed above the arms; check the site; and with a bit of detective work, you will know which religion and which rank. From there, either Google or Wikipedia, the religion and/or the rank. It will allow you to ask the correct questions - Are these the arms of the Grand Metropolitan of the City of XXX? Rather than just saying Whose arms are these?

On to the heraldry -

RM:

http://www.wappenbuch.de/

Again in German, but this time harder to read as it is a scan of an old German Book of Arms (Wappenbuch). It details the arms of the Holy Roman Empire - the important people and the important places. Members would be advised to do a bit of research into the HRE first (territory, constituent lands and who were the important people). In black and white and colour. I spent a whole evening down loading each page as a jpeg - it makes for a big file.

PDF:

http://www.archive.org/index.php

This is a portal to a real treasure chest! Site is in English. In the search, type in the word heraldry to start with. Hit search and PRESTO!! The first time I did it, I was like a child in a toy store - I want that and that and that, and of course that and some of those, and I mustn't forget these. There is so much here, you could spend weeks downloading and never reading. Once you have clicked on an item you are taken to a new window. You then choose the type of download or link. I have always opted for PDF. Once you click on the option, you get the usual where to download? popup and then the download begins. There are times when it is slow - it seems to be random to me - day or night or early or late - sometimes its fast and sometimes its slow - if in doubt, go make yourself a cup of coffee while you wait. There is a small downside in as much as every page has been scanned and I do mean every page - blank or written, if it in the book, it gets scanned.
Once you have finished with heraldry, try visitation, herald, shield, crest, armour - you get the picture. Some titles will appear more than once - 'The Medieval Herald' will appear under medieval and herald. Anyway have fun.

That should be enough to get everybody started.

Regards

Chas

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Re: Heraldic PDFs and Reference Material

Postby Chas Charles-Dunne » 17 Jan 2009 00:55

Hello All

PDF:

http://www.familyhistory.ie/backcopies.htm

The Genealogical Society of Ireland Gazette current and back copies for over a year. Can be a bit heavy going, but good information inside.

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Chas

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Re: Heraldic PDFs and Reference Material

Postby jerbez » 17 Jan 2009 21:32

Thank you very much for the links, Chas.
The site http://www.archive.org is a real treasure not only for Heraldry, but also for flags. I've found several beautiful flag books there.
Do you know the Codex Manesse? It's a wonderfully illustrated book from the 14th century, containing images of many German knights, including, of course, their arms:
http://diglit.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/cpg848

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Re: Heraldic PDFs and Reference Material

Postby Chas Charles-Dunne » 18 Jan 2009 01:34

Hi jerbez,

I had heard of the Codex Manesse, but had not seen a copy. Wow. I think it is wonderful that something as flimsy as a book can survive for 600 years but a house is falling down after only 100.

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Chas

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Re: Heraldic PDFs and Reference Material

Postby Marcus Wendel » 18 Jan 2009 11:07

Excellent thread, I'll make this a sticky so it is easily available for our members.

/Marcus

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Re: Heraldic PDFs and Reference Material

Postby jerbez » 18 Mar 2009 20:31

Continuing this thread on Heraldry books, here's a link to the full text of the classic work A COMPLETE GUIDE TO HERALDRY
by Arthur Charles Fox-Davies:
http://www7b.biglobe.ne.jp/~bprince/hr/foxdavies/index.htm

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Re: Heraldic PDFs and Reference Material

Postby davidappleton » 19 Mar 2009 18:19

As I find them, I have been placing links to heraldic armorials and ordinaries, heraldic websites, heraldry books of particular interest, and even on-line heraldic clipart. These links can be found on my blog, "Heraldry: Musings on an esoteric topic" at http://blog.appletonstudios.com

These links are organized by category down the left-hand (heraldic "dexter) side of the blog, and I have been adding to them pretty regularly as I find new sites, etc. that I think may be of interest.

Please feel free to drop by just to check out the links if nothing else.

David

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Re: Heraldic PDFs and Reference Material

Postby Knorrepoes » 22 Sep 2010 08:01

Another good link with MANY books is : http://www.welt-der-wappen.de/Heraldik/seite53-wabu.htm

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Re: Heraldic PDFs and Reference Material

Postby Goldenboy » 27 May 2016 20:27

http://armorial.library.utoronto.ca/sit ... de.doc.pdf <-PDF! This is a monster guide that gets down to the nitty gritty details of it all. Spent hours reading this and I use it like an encyclopedia when I find a new flag. So much fun! :lol:

https://coadb.com/coats-of-arms-explained.html <- This is one that I always re-direct newcomers towards. It's not a PDF, but it's a very easy read and you get the basic overview of the subject in about 10 minutes. Focuses on the coat of arms, but a lot of the symbolism applies towards flags as well.


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