What Do Different Heraldic Symbols Mean?

William Longespee - Earl of Salisbury - Coat of Arms - Medieval England - NobilityMelissa Snell has an in depth post on her blog regarding the heraldic symbols of the medieval period and what those symbols mean. The information is taken from W. Cecil Wade’s The Symbolisms of Heraldry or A Treatise on the Meanings and Derivations of Armorial Bearing, a document that is in the public domain and available to view, download, or print.

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