Agincourt - 600 Years

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Agincourt - 600 Years

Postby Chris Green » 13 Oct 2015, 08:26

25 October - St Crispin's and St Crispinian's Day - sees the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. This thread is for heraldic matters relating to that battle and its participants.

Where better to start than with a link to the College of Arms article on the manuscripts in its possession that relate to Agincourt:

http://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk/news-grants/news/item/119-the-battle-of-agincourt
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Re: Agincourt - 600 Years

Postby Ton de Witte » 14 Oct 2015, 08:38

The French herald Montjoie
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Re: Agincourt - 600 Years

Postby Chris Green » 14 Oct 2015, 11:43

In case anyone is confused, Montjoie is the one looking glum. I think I am right in saying that the feet belong to an English soldier hanged for robbing a church (and doubtless looking even glummer).
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Postby Ton de Witte » 15 Oct 2015, 08:22

In the movie he didn't look to well before they hanged him
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Re: Agincourt - 600 Years

Postby Chris Green » 25 Oct 2015, 09:37

I send greetings to all fellow Englishmen on this six hundredth anniversary of our victory at the Battle of Agincourt.

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Re: Agincourt - 600 Years

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 25 Oct 2015, 09:54

Coat of Arms of the Worshipful Company of Bowyers, note the Motto Crecy, Poitiers, Agincourt.

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Postby Marcus Karlsson » 25 Oct 2015, 09:59

Worshipful Company of Fletchers.

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Re: Agincourt - 600 Years

Postby Michael F. McCartney » 26 Oct 2015, 03:36

Curious - what are the three gizmos on the Bowyers arms?
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Re: Agincourt - 600 Years

Postby Chris Green » 26 Oct 2015, 06:12

Michael F. McCartney wrote:Curious - what are the three gizmos on the Bowyers arms?


The Worshipful Company of Bowyers has its own website of course, where we find that the "gizmos" are flotes, a specialised plane used by bowyers.

http://www.bowyers.com/aboutUs_coatOfArms.php

The City Livery Companies are all very proud of their CoAs and one can usually find something about each one on the appropriate Company's website. (Though not, I subsequently find, the Fletchers. I have sent them an e-mail.)

It is worthy of note that the City Livery Companies are entitled to supporters, which ranks them alongside both the great Corporations, cities and Grand Cross holders.
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Re: Agincourt - 600 Years

Postby Chris Green » 13 Oct 2016, 17:47

I have been in intermittent correspondence with the former Master of the Fletchers' Company and his successor about the truly awful emblazonment of its arms that the Worshipful Company uses on its web-site and elsewhere:

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The Fletchers in fact have never been granted supporters and where these weird vases came from is a mystery. There would certainly be a case for a grant of supporters, many other City livery companies have them.

The arms themselves are not unpleasant, indeed they were used by Friar as the dust-cover illustration on his "New Dictionary of Heraldry" emblazoned by Anthony Wood.

Sadly the Fletchers' Company seems to be uninterested in either supplanting the present emblazonment with something more pleasing to the eye, or going the extra mile and obtaining a grant of supporters.
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