There is some evidence that heraldic symbols can be traced back as far as the reign of Charlemagne. Though not displayed on shields, images like the sun, the moon, the four evangelists' symbols (St. Matthew's angel, St. Mark's lion, St. Luke's ox or calf, and St. John's eagle), and the fleur de lis (which became the royal device of France) could be seen on seals and banners. The uses of these designs may have been preserved by the descendants of Charlemagne and his court and evolved into the symbols used in heraldry. Though this theory has yet to be firmly supported by evidence it could explain a lot, and is set forth in Beryl Platt's 1980 work, Origins of Heraldry.
Complete with vivid yellow dust jacket in very good condition for its age, except for a mark at the base of the spine where tape has been applied, the jacket being price clipped and 2 library "withdrawn for sale" stamps inside front board and ffep, also a patch where a library label was glued. The brown binding and gilt lettering are clean and undamaged. the reverse of the title page bears a Lincolnshire Library |Service stamp and ink Dewey reference.
Tight text block, clean text pages, numerous b/w illustrations and photographs, also a map and a brightly colourful plate of heraldic devices enhance the fascinating information within.