Or and Argent
A supposedly immutable rule of heraldry is that gold (Or) and silver (Argent) should never be placed side-by-side or one upon the other. Heim, the Papal Nuncio who designed four popes’ coats of arms, investigates when and where this rule originated and how it has been observed in different countries. But he also shows how often the rule is broken, identifying more than 360 such coats of arms from across Europe, including his own.
Discovering First Names
Over 2,300 Forenames with their Meanings
Updating Jarvis’s earlier books, this A–Z guide to 2,300 first names reflects the multiculturalism and popular culture of modern Britain. From the Hindu ‘Aakesh’, meaning ‘Lord of the sky’, to Zuleika, the ‘brilliant beauty’ beloved of Persian poets and Max Beerbohm, the book gives the meaning of names, their language of origin and notable examples.
Their Origins and Meanings
Arranged in chapters on the main groups of surnames, those derived from nicknames, occupations, locality or family relationships, and others from various regions – England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, America and Commonwealth countries – this guide to their origins and meanings covers around 2,000 names.
Genealogy for Beginners
Based on the original work by Arthur Willis (1955), this book tells the beginner how to set about tracing a family history and constructing one's own pedigree. It explains how to make use of living relatives, existing clues and the internet; how and where to find written records, and what kind of information these sources can provide.
The Union Jack
The Story of the British Flag
‘The ebb and flow of the dream of union washes around the British shores like the seas that surround it.’ Telling the story of the Union Jack, which was inspired by the banners of the ancient Britons and heraldry, Nick Groom explores the long and turbulent history of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and asks what the flag symbolizes in today’s fractious times.
Same Sex Love 1700–1957
A History and Research Guide
Family history is often seen as concerned with the traditional heterosexual unit, but what of ancestors who were attracted to same-sex partners? This first history of gay relationships aimed specifically at family historians offers valuable insights into those often seen as outcasts. Empathetic and meticulously researched, it charts the ways in which gay men and women lived their lives, from the Mollies and Sapphists of Georgian England to the Wolfenden Report of 1957.
Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings
The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers of Ancient Israel
The history of ancient Israel is told through the biographies of 83 leaders, from the founder Abraham (c.1450 BCE) and his son Isaac to Herod Agrippa, who died in 44 CE when the region was under Roman occupation. Seeking to reveal the historical figures behind the familiar names and traditional stories, Rogerson discusses debates about the accuracy and interpretation of the biblical accounts and the insights provided by other ancient texts and archaeological discoveries. Off-mint.
Birth, Marriage, Death and Taxes
Lyme Regis Censuses 1695–1703
In 1695, the short-lived Marriage Duty Act imposed a tax on births, marriages and burials, as well as an annual charge on bachelors over the age of 25 and childless widowers. The tax assessment relied on censuses and seven of these documents have survived for Lyme Regis. Transcribed in this volume, with a substantial introduction, the censuses give a valuable insight into the life and social structure of the town between 1695 and 1703.
The Tommies' Experience of the Third Battle of Ypres
The British offensive at Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, was launched at 3.30am on 31 July 1917. Led by Sir Douglas Haig, this ‘big push’ was to achieve a breakthrough, but it became a four-month-long stalemate of constant shelling, torrential rain, mud and filth. Parker chronicles the operation, describes the conditions on the battlefield and the increasingly industrialized warfare of tanks, gas and mines that added to the carnage; and he questions the necessity of the sacrifice.
The Chapel and Burial Ground on St Ninian's Isle, Shetland
Excavations Past and Present
St Ninian’s Isle is famous for the discovery of 28 pieces of Pictish silverware by Andrew O’Dell in 1958: this volume reassesses archive material from O’Dell’s work in the 1950s and describes earlier and later excavations, 1876 to 2000. Monograph 32.
Epitaphs of the Great War: The Somme
‘Of all the voices of the First World War there is one that has been consistently overlooked, the voice of the bereaved.’ This collection of 100 epitaphs for soldiers who died during the Somme campaign of 1916 lets the bereaved families and friends speak through the inscriptions on War Graves Commission headstones. The book provides information on the soldiers and explains any biblical or literary allusions used in the short (they were limited to 66 characters) and often cryptic epitaphs.
Epitaphs of The Great War: Passchendaele
Inscriptions on the graves of the First World War dead were limited to 66 characters; a restriction that drove many to create compact, original and profound epitaphs, often relying on quotation or allusion. This book presents 100 headstone inscriptions for the dead of Passchendaele, giving details of the deceased, quoting the biblical or literary passages alluded to and explaining the contemporary meaning of the words, whether plain ‘He did his bit’, or the poetic ‘While the light lasts I shall remember. Georgina’.
Heraldry: Coats of Arms, Crests and Seals
A Colouring Book
In this book a wide range of historic coats of arms, crests and seals are presented in outline form, ready for you to colour in. There are over 90 outline drawings, labelled with the names of the original holders of the arms, but the choice of colours is up to you.
Companions of Honour
The Order of the Companions of Honour was instituted in 1917 as an offshoot of the Order of the British Empire. Originally designed to honour 'conspicuous service of national importance' in the First World War, it is now conferred more broadly on high attainment and national renown. This volume tells the story of the foundation and development of the honour and includes short biographies of more than 300 past and present members of the Order.