Heraldry and Chivalry
The Complete Book of Heraldry
An International History of Heraldry and Its Contemporary Uses
Paperback ISBN: 1846819601
Praised by the Society of Heraldic Artists, this detailed volume covers heraldry and its language.
Family Crests of Japan
Paperback ISBN: 1933330309
Characterized by bold geometrical shapes and a high degree of contrast, Japanese family crests known as kamon have been in use since the 12th century. This reference for design professionals and interested general readers presents b&w examples of some 850 crests, organized by motif. Introductory chapters describe the historical development of the form and provide an overview of the symbolism used. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Hardcover ISBN: 1594031428
The importance of honor is present in the earliest records of civilization. Today, while it may still be an essential concept in Islamic cultures, in the West, honor has been disparaged and dismissed as obsolete. In this lively and authoritative book, James Bowman traces the curious and fascinating history of this ideal, from the Middle Ages through the Enlightenment and to the killing fields of World War I and the despair of Vietnam. Bowman reminds us that the fate of honor and the fate of morality and even manners are deeply interrelated.
A Knight's Own Book Of Chivalry
Paperback ISBN: 0812219090
- On the great influence of a valiant lord: "The companions, who see that good warriors are honored by the great lords for their prowess, become more determined to attain this level of prowess." - On the lady who sees her knight honored: "All of this makes the noble lady rejoice greatly within herself at the fact that she has set her mind and heart on loving and helping to make such a good knight or good man-at-arms." - On the worthiest amusements: "The best pastime of all is to be often in good company, far from unworthy men and from unworthy activities from which no good can come." Enter the real world of knights and their code of ethics and behavior. Read how an aspiring knight of the fourteenth century would conduct himself and learn what he would have needed to know when traveling, fighting, appearing in court, and engaging fellow knights. Composed at the height of the Hundred Years War by Geoffroi de Charny, one of the most respected knights of his age, A Knight's Own Book of Chivalry was designed as a guide for members of the Company of the Star, an order created by Jean II of France in 1352 to rival the English Order of the Garter. This is the most authentic and complete manual on the day-to-day life of the knight that has survived the centuries, and this edition contains a specially commissioned introduction from historian Richard W. Kaeuper that gives the history of both the book and its author, who, among his other achievements, was the original owner of the Shroud of Turin.