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Coat of arms. What is a coat of arms?. European tradition that was used in many ways Most common was on a shield of a knights It became a symbol of nobility Could be passed down from father to son Evolved from very simple designs to elaborate and intricate pieces of art. Why a Coat of arms?.

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what is a coat of arms
What is a coat of arms?
  • European tradition that was used in many ways
  • Most common was on a shield of a knights
  • It became a symbol of nobility
  • Could be passed down from father to son
  • Evolved from very simple designs to elaborate and intricate pieces of art
why a coat of arms
Why a Coat of arms?
  • Knights began wearing helmets that completely hid their faces except for two narrow slits for the eyes
  • This made a knight unrecognizable to both his friends and his enemies
  • Symbols were painted on their shields and banners to help to recognize them during battle
  • Over time the decorations were repeated on the surcoat (a sleeveless garment that was word over armor_ which is how it got its name
over time
Over time…
  • As designs became more complex it developed into a complicated science called heraldry
  • Heraldry: a system of personal symbols by which a knight could be recognized