Heraldry and the Peerage: An Annotated Bibliography of Sources in the Southern History Department
  1. Ashmole, Elias. The Institution, Laws & Ceremonies of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1971.

    CR4827.A7 1971
    This reprint of the original 1672 work outlines the history of the Order of the Garter, the oldest and most prestigious British Order of Chivalry, founded by Edward III in 1348. Detailed information is presented on the installation of knights into the Order and biographies of the first Knights of the Garter.

  2. Burke, Bernard, Sir. A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire. London: Burke's Peerage; Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1996.

    CS422.B88 1996
    This book offers a detailed account of the peerages which, usually due to the lack of a male heir, have fallen out of usage. Many of these extinct titles were created in the 12th and 13th centuries, thus fascinating details about some of England's oldest families are presented.

  3. Burke, Bernard, Sir. The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales: Comprising a Registry of Armorial Bearings from the Earliest to the Present Time. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1996. 3 vols.

    CR1619.B73 1996
    These volumes contain blazons for over 60,000 coats-of-arms. Included are several essays on such topics as the history of heraldry and the right to bear arms. A brief dictionary of heraldic terms is also included.

  4. Burke's Peerage & Baronetage. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999. 106th edition. 2 vols.

    CS420.B85 1999
    The most comprehensive reference work for anyone researching the British nobility. Contains information not only on the current holder of a title, but traces their lineage back to the title's creation.

  5. Fox-Davis, Arthur Charles. A Complete Guide to Heraldry. London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, Ltd. 1949.

    This work provides a detailed description of the origins of heraldry, the work of the heralds, and the elements that constitute a coat of arms.

  6. The Peerage of Scotland. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc. 1995.

    DA758.P44 1995
    Originally published in 1767. Genealogies of Scotland's oldest and most illustrious families are presented.

  7. Puttock, Colonel A.G. A Dictionary of Heraldry and Related Subjects.

    CR13.P8 1985

  8. Rietstap, J. B. (Johannes Baptist). Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1965. 2 vols.

    CR1179.R52 1965a
    The Armorial Général is a very comprehensive work describing coats-of-arms from all over the world. This well-known and authoritative heraldic dictionary consists of two volumes and is written in French.

  9. Rolland V. (Victor). V. & H.V. Rolland's Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Co., 1967. 6 vols. in 3.

    CR1179.R653 1967
    Six volumes bound together in three books, these volumes contain thousands of drawings to accompany the coats-of-arms described in J.B. Rietstap's work. Arranged alphabetically by surname, the drawings are black and white and indicate the country of origin.

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