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Aux armes …

More strange than true: I never may believe
These antique fables, nor these fairy toys …

And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.

William Shakespeare (c. 1595). A Midsummer Night's Dream.


Marginalia

Prologue

These well-meaning airy nothings and unruly digressions will offer little of interest for many, yet tastes vary and some venturing further may find a morsel here and there: to the rest, farewell! Even so, no one should confuse sometimes flippant but otherwise solemn commonplaces with scholarship — this is clearly not a treatise on heraldry. If that is your object then these could be helpful:

What follows here is a self-indulgent ramble through the antique fables heraldic symbology of an obscure English commoner — a quaint and condescending term for an ordinary person, one without aristocratic rank: but here happily taken as an honourable appellation.

The Arms and Crest of Alan Geal1

Blazon

Arms

Azure semé of Mullets of six points conjoined Argent.

Crest

On … a Wreath Argent and Azure within a Circlet of Chain fracted Argent an Eagle wings expanded Or grasping in the talons the Chain.

Mantling

Azure doubled Argent.


Note

The glossary has explanations of these arcane terms.

Mottoes

Below the Arms:

CLARERE AUDERE GAUDERE
Be bright: be daring: be joyful.

Above the Crest:

ΖΗΤΕΙΝ ΤΗΝ ΑΛΗΘΕΙΑΝ
Seek the truth.

Badges2

On a Circlet of Chain sans the base link Argent an Eagle wings expanded Or grasping in the talons a link fracted also Argent.3

Figure: 'Seven Stars' badge

A Mullet of six points within a Circlet of six of the same all conjoined Argent each with an orle of six regular Hexagons conjoined Azure.

Copyright © 2006 Alan Geal