Perhaps you’ve browsed the Fine Legacy gallery, admired the coats of arms created by other people, and wondered if you could create a coat of arms for your own family. It’s possible that you went back and forth, thinking that a customized, authentic coat of arms would be a fun way to explore your family’s history, but then also wondering if creating such an emblem is worth the investment.
To fully understand the purpose of a coat of arms and the deep meaning it can bring to your family tree, it’s necessary to go all the way back to the time when coats of arms and family crests were first created.
The Art And Science Of Heraldry
To fully understand all the benefits of creating a coat of arms, we must cast our memories back to the medieval ages, when kings and queens, knights and peasants roamed the lands. During this time, knights were often sworn to protect the honor of a noble family. When “hired” the knight would be allowed to decorate his armor, especially his shield, with the coat of arms that had been bestowed upon his employer by a monarch. You see, many people were illiterate during this time, regardless of their wealth. While the name of particular family wouldn’t necessarily be understood in a city or field of battle, a bold, striking, simple coat of arms could be. Overtime, coats of arms became very intricate, always commissioned from a talented artist by a person in authority.
Reasons Knights Needed A Coat Of Arms
- Identity – As we already mentioned, the first and most important reason that coats of arms were created was to help identify different factions on the field of battle. As armor became more complex and all encompassing, it wasn’t possible to see much more than a knight’s eyes. Without a coat of arms, it would be impossible to know who was friend and who was foe.
- Allegiance – Creating a coat of arms also made it possible for people to pledge their allegiance to a certain family and understand the history of that family all in one fell swoop. As you’ll see if you choose to create a coat of arms with us here at Fine Legacy, each element of the coat of arms represents an aspect of your ancestry.
- Motivation – People have always liked to rally behind a cause, a symbol. When far away from home, battle-worn and starving, the sight of their coat of arms flying high would help to motivate knights to keep fighting.
Why Should Modern Families Should Create A Coat Of Arms?
You’re obviously not a knight or nobleman, so why should you create a coat of arms for your family? Many of the principles that made them popular in the Middle Ages still ring true today. A coat of arms will encourage unity, pride, and respect for history in your family, creating common ground between younger and older generations. Something we could all use more of these days!