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Symbols of honour: heraldry at the Folger Shakespeare Library

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, has just opened a new exhibition on the subject of heraldry, entitled Symbols of Honour: Heraldry and Family History in Shakespeare’s England. We think of coats of arms as belonging only to the … Continue reading

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The mysteries of emblems, mottoes, and Shakespeare’s own chair

In my last post I looked at how Shakespeare acquired his family’s coat of arms. It is set down in two drafts made on 20 October 1596, described as follows:   The arms are blazoned. “Gold, on a bend sable, a spear of … Continue reading

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