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About the author: Carl-Alexander von Volborth is a German-born, American painter who makes his living as a free-lance artist and heraldist in Antwerp, Belgium. He is a former art instructor; and is a lecturer on the history of painting. He has seen his paintings exhibited in Germany, the US and in Belgium.
From his fascination in art and history was born his life-long interest in heraldry; he has an international approach to it which is probably due to his cosmopolitan background (German, Russian and English). At the time of publication, he was a member of l'Académie Internationale d'Héraldique; his work has been translated into English, German, Danish and Dutch.
About the Book: The book is a lavishly illustrated and extensively researched study of the complex rules and customs governing the international subject of heraldry. Scholarly in depth, yet wide and readable in its approach, this book shows why the popularity of family heraldry is increasing and why the subject continues to arouse such interest. In an informative text and in the detailed and cross-referenced captions to 1,250 illustrations, over 150 in colour, Carl-Alexander von Volborth brings his knowledge to bear on every aspect of heraldry. Using his own illustrations, he discusses the differences in heraldic style between the countries in Europe, and also shows how these differences affect those countries where heraldry has been introduced by migrating or colonizing Europeans.
Beginning his study with a concise historical analysis of the reasons for heraldry, the author then gives a clear explanation of the general rules-outlining the historical development and present importance of such matters as the type and position of helm, the use of supporters and the shape and colours of the shield. After chapters on Differencing and Cadency and Marshalling of Arms, von Volborth moves to one of the most important sections of his book; a detailed country-by-country guide to those customs, rules and styles which govern the heraldry of individual groups from artisans to kings. Starting with the arms of artisans and burghers, he gives illustrative examples that show the wide differences caused by the customs governing each country, and the similarities caused by emigration and trade. Then, with the aid of further illustrations, he describes the historical and the present armorial style for varying grades of the noblesse, from stark simplicity to many-quartered splendour. He closes the section with a study of the arms of princes and ruling families.
After a chapter on Corporate arms, which includes the arms of guilds, the author concludes his book with three chapters devoted to Ecclesiastical Heraldry and Religious Orders of Chivalry. A detailed list of contents, and an extensive index of the arms and devices mentioned, ensure that readers can find their way around the subject.
Introduction in Pictures
The Helm, Crest and Mantling
Differencing and Cadency
Marshalling of Arms
Gentry, Untitled Continental Nobility, Knights and Baronets
Princes, Dukes, Kings and Emperors
Religious Orders of Chivalry
HERALDRY IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
HERALDRY IN THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND
INDEX OF NAMES, ARMS AND DEVICES
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