The Post-Classical Period
500 A.D. - 1400 A.D.
In Popular Culture
Runes, Inscriptions, Texts
Changes in Writing and Education Across Europe
The Role of the Church
This page contains a small index of commonly used charges and their meaning. Navigation on general category is located on the right.
Traditional symbols can hold significance when placed on a coat of arms.
Symbolizes purity, light, and is the floral badge of France.
Representative of faith, Christianity, and/or service in the Crusades.
Symbolizes royal or feudal authority, prestige.
Beasts when displayed are commonly positioned in a variety of ways. These positions are called attitudes, and can apply to beasts in a variety of locations on an achievement. Common attitudes are displayed below.
A fighting stance in which the beast is standing on two legs in profile with arms raised.
Similar to the Rampant but the beast is facing forward.
Similar to the Rampant but the beast faces sinister.
beast faces dexter and standing on four legs with one paw raised.
Similar to Passant but the beast faces forward.
Similar to Passant but the beast faces sinister.
Beast is sitting on its haunches with both forepaws on the ground.
Similar to Sejant, the beast has both forepaws extended in the Rampant position.
Beast is laying down with head raised.
Statant/At Bay (docile)
Beast is standing up on all fours with the forepaws together.
Statant Guardant/At Gaze (docile)
Similar to Statant but beast faces forward.
(Fox-Davies, 1909, p. 175-185)
Symbolizes bravery, courage, strength, ferocity, and valor.
Symbolizes extreme courage, virtue, and strength.
A valiant defender of treasure; symbolizes valor and protection.
Plants hold a lot of symbolism that can be applied to a coat of arms.
Means truth, foresight, and defense.
Symbolizes triumph, peace, success, renown, glory and victory.
Represents liberality, happiness, and peace. Also associated with wine-making.
("OFFERING DISTINCTIVE", n.d.)
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