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A shield bearing a person or institution's heraldic bearings. The term derives from the linen surcoat worn by medieval knights over their chain mail. Strictly speaking, only the shield ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History

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2003
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... of arms . Distinctive heraldic bearings. The name is derived from the 13th-century fashion of applying armorial bearings to a...

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A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

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2011
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... of arms A coat of arms is the distinctive heraldic bearings of a gentleman or nobleman incorporated in a shield or escutcheon, and forms the central component of an achievement ( See achievement ). Such bearings are depicted, either drawn in trick or emblazoned in their proper colours, in armorials and in other heraldic and genealogical...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.)

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2010
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... of arms A shield bearing a person or institution's heraldic bearings. The term derives from the linen surcoat worn by medieval knights over their chain mail. Strictly speaking, only the shield itself can be referred to as the coat of arms, though it is often used incorrectly to describe the whole heraldic ensemble of the shield with its adjuncts including crest, motto, and supporters . A coat of arms consists either of a pattern formed by geometrical divisions or of beasts, birds, or other animate or inanimate objects arranged in a particular manner in...

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The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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... of arms Distinctive heraldic bearings. The name is derived from the 13th‐century fashion of applying armorial bearings to a surcoat. See Thomas Woodcock and John Martin Robinson , The Oxford Guide to Heraldry ...

arms, Shakespeare’s coat of

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Stanley Wells

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...those of the Ardens. Three years later his right to the arms was questioned on the grounds that they were not distinct enough from those of Lord Mauley, and that the Shakespeares were unworthy: a note ‘Shakespeare the player by Garter’ seems to suggest that an actor could not deserve the distinction, but a reply denies the former charge and reaffirms John Shakespeare’s claims. The Shakespeare coat of arms, as granted by Garter King-of-Arms, 20 October 1596. College of Arms: Draft Grant of Arms to John Shakespeare (1), 1596. Reproduced by permission of the Kings,...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation

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...coat-of-arms n ˌko:t-ǝv-'ɑ:ɹmz sp coate of armes 1 > arm ...

Jamaican coat-of-arms

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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...coat-of-arms n. [rice and peas is the Jamaican national dish] ( W.I. ) a dish of rice and peas. 1949 cited in Cassidy & LePage Dict. Jam. Eng. ( 1980...

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Pocket Oxford Spanish Dictionary: English-Spanish (4 ed.)

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Pocket Oxford German Dictionary: English German (4 ed.)

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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2015
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2005
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Botany Bay coat-of-arms

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

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...Bay coat-of-arms n. [the violence that was prevalent at the convict settlement] ( Aus. ) a broken nose and black eyes. 1945 (ref. to mid-19C) Baker Aus. Lang. 44: Black eyes were known as a Botany Bay coat of arms or colonial livery...

Coats of Arms

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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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2005
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... of Arms . The use of heraldic insignia as a symbolic representation of families did not develop in Byz. The broad range of images (Christ, the Virgin, the cross, various saints) found on seals are personal rather than familial emblems. Certain “blazons” have, however, been interpreted by some scholars as official imperial or familial coats of arms. Soloviev ( infra ) considered the double-headed eagle as an emblem of the Komnenoi and the tetragrammic cross with four Bs as the blazon (from ca. 1327 ) of the Palaiologoi. G. Vikan ( ArtB 63 [ 1981 ]...

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A shield bearing a person or institution's heraldic bearings. The term derives from the linen surcoat worn by medieval knights over their chain mail. Strictly speaking, only the shield itself can be ...
36 The History of the Book in the Balkans

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Aleksandra B. Vraneš

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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...reflecting the political landscape of southern Europe. Skopje, Macedonia’s capital, became the capital of the Serbian empire in 1346 , but from the late 14 th century, the region was part of the Ottoman empire for about 500 years. Important Macedonian books were produced outside the country: Jakov of Kamena Reka (the Stone River) had a Cyrillic press in Venice in 1560s ; Hristofor Žefarovik’s Stemmatographia , containing portraits of Bulgarian and Serbian rulers and images of South Slavonic coats of arms, was published at Vienna in 1741 . In the...

Empire

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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4,298 words
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Oxford University Press

...home, the affairs of distant colonies were generally given scant attention. Only towards the end of this period did greater stability at home and the development of more effective bureaucratic forms permit the luxury of a coherent examination of the direction of imperial policy and a consideration of the ways in which the scattered threads of empire could be gathered together. The result, then, was that in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries the British empire was a coat of many colours, as local traditions gave the forms of government in its...

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David Hey

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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2009
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5,036 words
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Oxford University Press

...the church tower or on the wall of the nave, charity boards named the major benefactors and recorded their bequests. These charities were sometimes administered on behalf of parishes by feoffees . In numerous towns and villages across the country, considerable amounts of money were spent by wealthy parishioners or former inhabitants on building a substantial almshouse , in which the founder was commemorated by an inscription and perhaps a bust above his coat of arms. Some towns had public bodies, such as the Town Trustees of Sheffield, which assisted the...

Education

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David Hey

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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2009
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...in the journals of local historical societies and of the History of Education Society. For a county study, see John Roach , A Regional Study of Yorkshire Schools, 1500–1820 (1998). A number of schools retain a Tudor or Stuart building that was erected by the munificence of a local lord, or perhaps a local man who had made his fortune in London and who remembered his place of birth when he came to make his will . Such buildings were constructed in the vernacular style of the region and were commonly adorned with the coat of arms of the founder and...

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