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Heraldry

Bajer, Piotr Pawel. Polish Nobility and Its Heraldry: An Introduction. WWW. [WN]
A nice introduction to Polish heraldry. However, the article has to be read carefully sometimes to avoid misinterpretation, and the author does not always date events and changes to the practice of heraldry in Poland.

Eterovich, Adam S. Croatian and Dalmatian Coats of Arms. Palo Alto, California: Ragusan Press, 1978. [WN]
A large collection of arms from Croatia and Dalmatia. The book is useful for understanding the style of Croatian heraldry. Arms are reproduced as line drawings with "tricking" to indicate tinctures. Unfortunately the book does not give dates or citations of sources, so it is of extremely limited value for the medievalist.

Gelre, Leuven: Bibliotheque Royale Albert Ier, 1992. Facsimile Edition. [WN]
This is a black and white facsimile of the famous 14th century armorial prepared by a Dutchman. It includes 48 sets of arms from Poland and Hungary, 18 coats from Bohemia, and a large number of German arms. Additional text is in French.

Laskówski, Stefan. "Ksiazat Polskiego Heraldika (The Chronicle of Polish Heraldry)." Proceedings of the Caid Known World Heraldic Symposium. 1989. [WN]
A concise introduction to Polish ród and their symbols.

Lesiecki, Wlodzimierz. Polish Heraldry. Sussex: Caldra House. [WN]
This small color pamphlet was prepared to accompany a Polish Heraldry Exhibition at the Polish YMCA in London. It includes a short introduction to the origins and use of heraldry in Poland, with pictures of many 15th and 16th century coats of arms from Polish ród.

Nagybákay, Péter. Summoning Tablets of Guilds in Hungary. Budapest: Corvina Kiadó, 1981. [WN]
This is one of the few books I've ever seen devoted wholly to the use of heraldry by guilds. Sadly, heraldry came rather late to Hungary, so only a small part of this book deals with events prior to 1600. On the positive side, half the book is photographs of tablets.

Neubecker, Ottfried. Heraldry: Sources, Symbols and Meaning. Twickenham: Tiger Books International, 1997 edition. [WN]
This is a general book on heraldry, but it is one of the few such books in English to regularly use examples from Central and Eastern European countries.

Peckwas, Edward A. "Collection of Articles on Polish Heraldry." Chicago: Polish Genealogical Society, 1978. [WN]
These articles were originally published in newspapers, and each one typically deals with the origin and history of the coat from one Polish ród.

Pierwszy, Tom. Miasta Polskie: w Tysiacleciu [Polish Towns, for 1000 Years]. Wroclaw, Warszawa, & Kraków: Zaklad Narodowy Imienia Ossolinskich, 1965. Two Volumes. [WN]
This monumental work lists the towns of Poland by region. For each town a detailed history is given with photos, and most usefully for the heraldry scholar, full page color plates throughout the books display the civic armory.

Rimsa, Edmundas. The Heraldry of Lithuania, Volume I. Vilnius: Baltos Lankos, 1998. [WN]
Presumably this is the first volume in a series. It includes a good summary of the origin of heraldry in Lithuania, with a detailed discussion of the national coat of arms. The remainder of the book is devoted to civic heraldry, most of which is modern but some of which dates to the middle ages.

Starykon-Kasprzycki, S. J. Polska Encyklopedja Szlachecka. Warsawa: Wydawnictwo Instytutu Kultury Historycznej, 1935-1938. [WN]

Szymanski, Józef. Herbarz: Sredniowiecznego Rycerstwa Polskiego [Heraldry: of the Medieval Chivalry of Poland]. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, 1993. [WN]
This is everything a book on medieval heraldry should be. The arms of each ród is given in full color with its Polish blazon and an English translation. Extensive documentation to primary sources of the 15th century make this volume an invaluable research tool. As if this weren't enough, there is a lengthy introduction to the armory with illustrated tables of charges by type indexed to the coats in which they appear. The book is in Polish, but is usable even if you can't read a word of that language.


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