Period Armorials

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Period rolls of arms aka armorials and period heraldic treatises are available on-line more and more.

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  • Armorial Bellenville is a late 14th C armorial with about 1700 coats of arms and some crests. It covers much of Europe, and it has a high degree of overlap with the armory in Armorial Gelre.
  • Armorial de Gelre// was compiled between 1370 and 1414. It contains some 1700 coats of arms (and some crests) from almost the entirety of Europe. Site with modern blazons (pictures) to go with the period emblazons (descriptions) -
  • Grand Armorial Equestre de la Toison d'Or// is a 15th C armorial covering most of Europe, with a concentration on the continent. It contains over 1000 coats of arms and some fine heraldic equestrian figures. http:''
  • L'armorial Le Breton is a collection of armorials from the 15th -16th C, which were bound together and in the possession of Hector Le Breton, Montjoie King of Arms of France. It contains a photofacsimile of over 900 coats of arms, many of which are French.


  • Wapenboek Beyerin// - early 1400s Dutch armorial with some 1096 arms. [[1]]
  • Universeel Wapenboek - c. 1558 - courtesy of the Koninklijk Instituut voor het Kunstpatrimonium (Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage)[[2]]

England and Wales[edit]


  • Armorial de la Flandre Wallonne dit de La Marche de Lille is a roll assembled between 1543-1544 what is now Northern France/southern Belgium, but was at the time a part of Flanders. It includes a color photofacsimile of 288 coats of arms (264 on shields, 24 on banners) from the (heraldic administrative) Marche of Lille (which included the towns of Lille, Douai and Orchies.)
  • L'Armorial de Heraut Gueldre in Oeuvres de Froissart. Chroniques. Tom 23. With index/tracings of period arms -


Germany and Switzerland[edit]

  • Triunfo del Emperador Maximiliano I, Rey de Hungría, Dalmacia y Croacia, Archiduque de Austria :... de quien están descritas y colocadas en esta colección las acciones gloriosas de S.M. Imperial, durante su vida..., 1501-1700? -


  • Stemmi depicts heraldic art, which performs a function similar to that of a roll of arms. This book describes 176 armorial bas relief plaques in the courtyard of the Bargello museum in Florence, Italy. The arms belonged to the individuals holding the position of Podesta at the Bargello between 1313 and 1557. ...The museum's web site is .
  • Stemmario Trivulziano contains hundreds of arms from Milan in the mid-15th C.
  • Insignia Venetorum nobilium II (A-IP) - BSB Cod.icon. 272 [S.l.] Italien 1550-1555 [[10]]
  • Insignia Venetorum nobilium III (IP-Z) - BSB Cod.icon. 273, Italien, 1550-1555 -


  • The Balliol Roll is a 14th C roll containing 36 Scottish coats of arms.
  • Scots Roll is a Scottish roll from the 15th C with 114 coats of arms.
  • The Lindsay of the Mount roll is a Scottish roll assembled in 1542 by David Lindsay of the Mount, who shortly later became Lyon King of Arms. A few coats were added later in the 16th C. It contains over 400 coats of arms from all over Scotland (including the Highlands).
  • The Dunvegan Armorial is a Scottish roll from the end of the 16th C. It contains a color photofacsimile of over 50 noble coats of arms depicted in a full achievement (with crest and supporters.) and over 200 "Gentleman's arms" (with the escutcheons only.)
  • The Dublin Armorial of Scottish Nobility dates from the end of the 16th C. It contains a color photofacsimile of pages depicting the marital coats of the various Kings of Scotland (Scotland to dexter, the Queen's original arms to sinister). It also includes over 50 noble coats of arms depicted in a full achievement (with crest and supporters.) Of particular note are the achievements where the arms are shown, not on an escutcheon, but on a tabard, with the arms shown in full on the front, and half of the arms visible on each sleeve.

Spain and Portugal[edit]

  • Libro de Armeria del Reino de Navarra-// a 16th C Navarrese roll containing over 700 coats of arms.
  • Livro da Nobreza e Perfeicam das Armas is a Portuguese roll from the first half of the 16th C, including over 300 coats of arms.
  • Armas de los Condes, Vescondes etc. de Cataluña, de Castilla, de Portugal - BSB Cod.icon. 290, Spanish, 1440-1550 - @ or

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