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Pages: 292

Language: English

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (23 Feb. 2012)

By: M. A. Lower (Author)

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LITTLE need be said to the lover of antiquity in commendation of the subject of this volume: and I take it for granted that every one who reads the history of the Middle Ages in a right spirit will readily acknowledge that Heraldry, as a system, is by no means so contemptible a thing as the mere utilitarian considers it to be. Yet, notwithstanding, how few are there who have even a partial acquaintance with its principles. To how many, even of those who find pleasure in archæ:ological pursuits, does the charge apply: “:—:neque enim clypei cæ:lamina norit.”: Two hundred years ago, when the study of armory was much more cultivated than at present, this general ignorance of our ‘:noble science’: called forth the censure of its admirers. Master Ri. Brathwait, lamenting it, says of some of his contemporaries: “:They weare theire grandsire’:s signet on their thumb, Yet aske them whence their crest is, they are mum:”: and adds: “:Who weare gay coats, but can no coat deblaze, Display’:d for gulls, may bear gules in their face!”: This invective is perhaps a little too severe, yet it is mildness itself when compared with that of Ranulphus Holme, son of the author of the ‘:Academy of Armory,’: who declares that unless the reader assents to what is contained in his father’:s book he is “:neither Art’:s nor Learning’:s friend, But an ignorant, empty, brainless sot, Whose chiefest study is the can and pot!”: Includes a biography of the Author


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