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The Oxford Guide to Heraldry Paperback – Sep 1990

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Thomas Woodcock is Somerset Herald. He is the joint editor of the Dictionary of British Arms.
John Martin Robinson is Fitzalan Pursuivant Extraordinary and the author of several books, including The Dukes of Norfolk and The National Trust Book of English Country Estate.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Probably the best recent introduction Aug. 10 2001
By Michael K. Smith - Published on
Format: Paperback
An excellent introduction to the field by the Somerset Herald. Chapters cover the origins and evolution of the herald's art, the marshalling of arms, the technical aspects of blazoning, and even the proper decorative use of heraldry. The emphasis, naturally, is on Britain, but Europe and the United States are included as well. Very nicely illustrated, too, with a thick section of color plates. And a nice gift book, too.
32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Authoritative, scholarly review of the history of heraldry. March 20 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a well-researched, comprehensive analysis of the history of heraldry in both England and Europe. It features several full-color as well as grayscale plates illustrating ancient coats of arms and the evolution of this art to the modern day. A glossary with illustrations is included in the appendix, and it is well-indexed.
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Succinct, Authoritative, & Very Informative Dec 30 2008
By Guerrilla Reader - Published on
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Review of "The Oxford Guide to Heraldry" by Thomas Woodcock and John Robinson.

At only 233 pages this tome is not large but the quality of production is clearly evident. With heavy acid free paper and superb color and black and white plates the book actually weighs twice as much as inferior quality books of the same size and pages.

The content of the book is survey in nature and explains the Origins of Heraldry; European Heraldry; Grantees of English Arms; The Shield of Arms; Crests; Supporters, Badges, and 'Mottoes'; Marshalling of Arms; Heraldric Authority in Great Britain; American Heraldry; & The Use of Heraldry as Decoration.

A comprehensive index and bibliography round out this fine work. If you are interested in heraldry and need a very good primer, or if you are a researcher and need an authoritative reference then I would recommend this text as an excellent resource.

Five stars without reservation.

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Oxford Guide May 16 2012
By Doug Welsh - Published on
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An excellent book on a complex art... science... no, it's an art, AND a science! Easy to read, and concise. Well worth the money.
The Oxford Guide to Heraldry March 9 2014
By Patricia Patscheck - Published on
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A great book with great illustrations and clarifications of the different families coat of arms and lots of color pictures.