<<< My main worry is access to books. I live in a small town, and the
public library doesn't exactly have a heraldry section (I don't think,
I'll actually have to check - they might surprise me). I've been
mostly relying on online sources. >>>
These days online sources are often a good place to start, although
I've seen more of those, good and bad, for names than for heraldry.
Although I'm not a herald, I've gradually built up a collection of
heraldry books through the years through books bought at sales and as
remainders. That is also a possibility for you, but it will take time.
Another way is to get books through Inter-Library Loan (ILL). This
article in the INFO-SOURCES section of the Florilegium gives an
overview of ILL.
Using-ILL-art (8K) 11/09/03 "Interlibrary Loan" by Aelfwynn of
If you've never been to the Florilegium before, the address is given
in my signature line below. It currently has a little over 2200
different files on a wide variety of SCA and medieval subjects. So you
might find some other files of interest there as well. For instance,
there is a NEWCOMERS section, which I would recommend to all the
people reading this list.
I also have a HERALDRY section, but most of it is on field,
announcement and court heraldry, rather than on devices/coats of arms.
However, here are a few files folks might find interesting.
arms-humor-msg (30K) 2/14/01 Humorous SCA armory.
heraldry-bks-msg (27K) 6/ 7/96 Heraldry books. book reviews.
heraldry-tips-msg (9K) 9/28/95 SCA heraldry for cultures that
pentagrams-msg (26K) 6/10/09 The case for and against allowing
in SCA heraldry. It's history
within the SCA
Sinister-Hand-art (8K) 6/30/01 "Argent, A Sinister Hand Erect
by Ld. Daniel Raoul le Vascon.
THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
Mark S. Harris Austin, Texas StefanliRous@...
**** See Stefan's Florilegium files at: http://www.florilegium.org