Heraldry In the Renaissance Times Essay

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Heraldry In the Renaissance Times

Heraldry in the middle ages was special as symbolic designs, also called, insignia, were passed down from each generation to the next. Around the beginning of the twelfth century, the Song dynasty in China brought prosperity to the country, teachings at Oxford University has begun, and the First Crusade to recapture Jerusalem proved successful. As the twelfth century sprung into action, China began to stitch books together, the first prisoner of the Tower of London escapes, and the Second Crusade, which ended in the army surrendering, began. In the midst of the chaos, heraldry was formed. Heraldry had represented the family and qualities of a knight and was one of the best symbols of the medieval ages
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Political and family connection could also be identified by reading their coat of arms. The coat of arms might have also been used as a seal, or an official stamp that took the place of a signature. Proud families began to do business or farm on their coat of arms, as did towns. Coats of arms used by towns often displayed crossed keys as a symbol of loyalty to the pope. Seaports used ships on their coats of arms while crusaders used crosses. When helmets developed wider visors, heraldic symbols might have been emblemed into them. Knights also began to wear feathers, the colors of their coat of arms, on their helmets.
Like everything humans do, heraldry needed rules; so at the end of the 12th century A.D, basic rules for heraldry began to develop. A specific set of colors and a basic pattern were used by each noble family. Two basic colors were used. A darker color, red, blue, black, green, or purple, and a lighter metallic color, yellow for gold and white for silver. The purpose of using these colors was to create a contrasting pattern that could be seen as far as an arrow could fly. If the wrong combination of colors was used, the knight would be banned from tournaments. The only exception was the coat of arms used by the king of Jerusalem. The coat of arms would consist of gold and silver in order to exalt the status of the king of

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