What's New at Heraldica
- royal styles and titles of
the British family (Sep 2006)
This page deals principally with the styles and titles of "prince" and "highness"
(HH, HSH, HRH) in a historical perspective. There are links to large amounts of
material from the National Archives (UK).
- German House Laws:
original documents and historical summaries, based on Hermann Schulze
Until a few years ago, I would place here,
for the benefit of repeat visitors, a list of recent additions
or improvements, in reverse chronological order. The list presently
stops about late 2001. In the past few years, I have had less time to
spend on my site, and I suppose my interests have shifted as well.
The major innovation was the creation of a section
on royalty. I am particularly interested in succession laws, particularly in
Germany but in other countries as well, and I have
been collecting a fair amount of material and writing essays on the topic.
Otherwise, most of what I do is maintenance and marginal improvements, with
the help of the many people who point out mistakes and suggest additions.
Here is the list of recent additions as it stands.
- An Annotated Bibliography of Scottish Heraldic
Materials by Leslie A. Schweitzer and David Hunter of Montlaw (revised 2003)
- heraldry in Cyprus (Oct 2001)
- Documents relating to
royal styles in the UK and
proclamations of accession since 1603 (Jul 2001)
- Succession laws in Austria
- A note of buying French titles of nobility (Feb 2001).
- Listing and Armory of the Restoration peerage of France (1814-30). (February 2001).
- List of the Knights of the Garter from the
foundation to the present (Dec 2000).
- Three Early Rolls by Brian Timms (Oct 2000)
- Bibliography on the French
succession laws (Aug 2000)
- Napoleonic succession laws
- Arms found on English Merchant Tokens, 1644-1673 (Aug. 2000).
- A Portrait Gallery of French Royalty, 15th-19th c.. (Aug 2000).
- Documents on Lyon King
of Arms of Scotland: statutes, courts cases (May 2000).
- Collection of laws and decrees
relating to the titles and heraldry created by Napoleon I. (March 2000).
- New section on royalty, particularly on royal
houses and on succession laws (France, Belgium, Austria, UK, 19th c.
Germany...). (March 2000)
- Civic Heraldry of France by
Brian Timms: 8,000 arms of French towns, with blazons in English and French.
- articles on royalty
(succession laws, styles, customs) are now grouped together (Nov 1999)
- The Belgian succession
and Leopold III's second marriage (Nov 1999)
- a note on armes d'hast (Sep 1999).
- Search engine for Heraldica (Sep 1999).
- the title of Infante in Spain (Sep 1999).
- The Enamel Plaque of Geoffroy Plantagenêt (c.1155) (Sep 1999)
- Royal titles in Belgium by Stéphane Guiot, in French (Aug. 1999)
- Sundry documents relating to the French dynastic disputes. (Aug 1999)
- Heraldic tour of Italy, part 4: Naples. (Aug 1999)
- A heraldic tour of Rhodes. (July 1999)
- the charge called hempbrake or bray. (May 1999).
- The Great Officers of the French Crown. (May 1999).
- Heraldic tour of Italy, part 3: Rome. (Apr 1999)
- Page on imprese. (Mar 1999).
- Improved pages on the pre-1789 French peerage
with institutional details, completed listing, and armory (in French and English). (Mar 1999).
- documents on the Spanish succession (Dec 1998).
- An article on heralds (December 1998).
- A collection of documents on the Lord Lyon (on-going).
- Enlarged annotated bibliography (September 1998).
- A note on apanages in France (September 1998).
- Incomplete notes on marshalling of arms in French blazon (August 1998).
- The genealogy of the French royal family
is enriched with pictures of coats of arms, which make the system of differencing more
apparent. Thanks to Jean-Marc Frénéa (August 1998).
- A history of the duchy of Bouillon (August 1998).
- The armory of Napoleon's dukes is now illustrated. (April 1998).
- A page on the title of prince in France. (Dec 1997)
- After several weeks of disruption, Heraldica has a new home. (Sep. 10, 1997).
- an essay on legitimacy of orders. (Jun 23)
- The 6-language translator is
now ! Type in a word,
translations are returned with a link to a picture. The
full plates of the glossary
(over 500 terms) are available for browsing; by clicking on a picture
you will find the exact term in all 6 languages. (Jun 23).
The search form is now available in English,
- Automotive Heraldry: heraldry as
used by various car manufacturers. (Jun 10).
- A heraldic tour of Italy (parts One
and Two): a collection
of about 50 pictures taken during a recent trip to Tuscany and Venice,
with some comments. Each file weighs about 500K. (June 10).
- The charge known as fer de moline (May
- The charge known as clarion or rest
- Marks of cadency in the British
royal family (Apr. 26, 1997)
- Updated page on Monaco, with
particular attention to succession laws.(Apr 23, 1997)
- War-Cries or slogans. (Apr 7, 1997)
- The meaning of arms and on canting
arms. (Mar 31, 1997)
- The French title of vidame.
(Mar 20, 1997)
- Famous Americans (including Presidents
and signers of the Declaration of Independence). (Jan 28, 1997)
- Heraldry in Shakespeare's works
(Jan 27, 1997)
- Clickable map of France linked to the armory of French cities (Jan
- Added arms of Napoleon's generals to the page on Napoleonic
titles (Jan 7, 1997)
- A translator of heraldic terms: over
500 terms, 6 languages (French, English, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch).
(Jan. 4, 1997)
- upgraded page on Jewish heraldry. (Dec.
- Another upgrade: the site is now run by Netscape's FastTrack Server
under Windows NT. (Nov. 21, 1996)
- An Armory of Nations in
1760, illustrations and blazons from the Encyclopédie.
(Oct 21, 1996)
- The site's software has been upgraded. I am now using Netscape's Server
under Windows 95, and the machine should be much faster than before. (Sep.
- Titles FAQ by Mark Odegard,
now in HTML format. (Sep 9, 1996)
- Revised article on regulation
of heraldry in England. In particular, I have shown how Heralds' Visitations
in the 17th century failed to register a large fraction of the existing
gentry, and how the records themselves offer evidence for rampant defiance
of the law of arms even before 1688. (Sep 2, 1996)
- Updated article on revived orders
with a separate section on Saint
Lazarus. (Sep 2, 1996)
- A new section on orders of chivalry, including
a historical survey and articles on Malta, the Teutonic Order, women knights,
French orders of chivalry, and more! (Jul 1, 1996)
- Updated the page on Jewish heraldry
with a paragraph on Italian Jewish coats of arms (Jun 21, 1996)
- Added a clickable map
for my collection of links to US States seals. (Jun 12, 1996)
- An article on morganatic and secret
marriages in the French royal families. (Jun 12, 1996)
- An article on the tressure (Jun 12,
- An article on the Order of Malta,
with a brief history, description of its present organization, heraldry
of the order, and an armory of its 78 Grand Masters. This is the start
of a section devoted to Orders of Chivalry
in general (with, as usual, a heraldic angle). (Jun 11 1996)
- A (brief) page on New Zealand
and an update on Finland (Jun
- A link to the home page of the software Blazon
(Jun 3 1996)
- a page on French orders both
ancient and modern, public and private (May 1996)
- updated pages on Denmark
and highnesses (May 1996)
- page on abatements (April 1996)
- Improved page on Italy, with
arms and flags of pre-1860 Italian states (April 10, corrections Jul 2,
- An article on the so-called Salic
Law in France (Mar 27, 1996)
- Improved pages on the Netherlands
and Iceland with pictures provided
by Ralf Hartemink; the Iceland page originally by Klaus Kristiansen. An
updated page on Mexico discusses
the arms of the Mexican Empire under Maximilian of Habsburg.
- A rather large genealogical table
of the Capetians from 987 to the present. The Spanish Bourbons and
a few other lines are absent. The focus is on patterns in the marks of
difference. (Mar 1996)
- An armory of Knights of the Round Table.
(Mar 11, 1996)
- A collection of hundreds of blazons of French
cities, both alphabetically and by location. (Mar 1, 1996)
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