Family Shields

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“The surface of shield is the field. This is divided into chief and base (top and bottom), sinister and dexter (left and right) from the viewpoint of the bearer” (The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica. "Coat of Arms (heraldry)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2014. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/35518/coat-of-arms).During Medieval times soldiers could only be identified by the crest or insignia. When war erupted soldiers would wear their ruler’s colors and symbols so, if seen on the battle field they could recognized. For most their shield would be the only thing they would be known for. Family shields have been significant importance because of their role in medieval times, their representation in ancient war, their role in modern times, their value in sports, and their appearance throughout the entire world. To begin family shields are relevant because their worth in the Medieval time period. As stated in Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia “ Coat of arms were borne by families, corporations, guilds, religious houses, inns of court, colleges, boroughs, cities and Kingdoms” ("Encyclopedia: Heraldry." Heraldry. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2014. .). This shows that in medieval times everyone bore some kind of crest. It has been recorded that family shield are used as images and emblems of status or rank. It is obvious that family shields are important, but they can be used for representation as well. In addition, coat of arms used to identify you in ancient war. As well as war coat of arms were used by common people as explained by the Coat of Arms Archives “ By the mid-thirteenth cen... ... middle of paper ... ...kes them outside the “norm.” Coat of arms have redefined the way we look at different organizations opening our eyes to how we see things in our daily life. Works Cited ” Coat of Arms. Genealogy& Family History N.P., n.d Web. 18 March 2014 College of Arms. Frontpage Slideshow RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2014 "Encyclopedia: Heraldry." Heraldry. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2014. . The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. "Coat of Arms (heraldry)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2014. . "Site Oficial Do Sport Club Internacional - S?mbolos - O Escudo." Site Oficial Do Sport Club Internacional. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2014. .

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