Alternating Charges on a Bordure

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Period Examples:[edit]


  • Insignia Anglica - BSB Cod.icon. 291 [1]

quadruped brodure 18 alternating charge bordure 73, 84

  • Henry, Earl of Richmond, later Henry VII has a bordure alternating martlets and fleur-de-lys.

Source: James Yorke, Union of Honour, 1640.


  • Armas de los Condes, Vescondes etc. de Cataluña, de Castilla, de Portugal- BSB Cod.icon. 290 [S.l.] Spanien um 1440-1550 [[2]]

quadrupeds and 2 charges on bordure 172, 187


  • Insignia ... VI. Insignia Venetorum I - BSB Cod.icon. 271[S.l.] Italien 1550-1555

Period and non-Period Examples:[edit]

per "Danielis Lindecolina" The cover of Stephen Slater, _The Illustrated Book of Heraldry_ (Anness Publishing / Hermes House, 2002-3, ISBN1-84477-224-1), "previously published as _The Compelte Book of Heraldry_" has "Argent, in cross five escudos azure bases to center azure each charged with five plates, on a bordure gules castles Or irregularly alternating with demi-fleurs-de-lys vert tips outwards, overall a label ermine". It also has "Gules, in pale two cauldrons checky Or and sable gringoly vert, a bordure compony argent, a lion gules, and gules, a castle Or, a motto 'Nos non venimos de reyes quereyes vienen de nos'".

The five escutcheons azure with five roundels argent alone says "Portugal!" in a loud and commanding tone. It's the arms of Portugal modern with the escutcheons pointed inwards, roughly half the castles replaced with demi-fleurs-de-lys, and a label. And arms with cauldrons checky, snakes issuing from cauldrons, a bordure compony of Castile and Leon, and a motto for which Google Translate had not the slightest trouble identifying the language: you couldn't make them more Spanish with a conquistador dancing on a piano and singing "Spanish arms are here again". OK, if you had six such cauldrons two two and two.

P. 50 shows the cauldronish one again, and p. 51 IDs them as Manriquede Lara, AND p. 69 says both. P. 137 IDs the Portuguese one as Duke of Coimbra d. 1449; the label is Lancastrian.)

P. 172, Dukes of Alba, I gather: "Quarterly 1, France modern quartering England, 2, Scotland, 3, vert, a harp Or, 4, checky argent and azure, a bordure compony gules, a lion passant guardant Or, and azure, a fleur-de-lys Or". [[3]] shows 3 as Ireland (azure field instead), but indicates there and in a link that it's for the Fitzjames dukes, 1670 onward.

P. 190: Edmund Tudor, temp. Henry VI: Quarterly France modern and England, on a bordure azure alternating martlets and fleurs-de-lys Or. These aren't the greatest of examples for documentation purposes, as every one appears connected to royalty in some way (which is not so surprising in an intro to heraldry book), and only two dated to period. But I'm thinking that Iberian armory might be the most productive area to look at more.


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