If you had your own coat of arms what would be on it, and why?


Walk through the city of London – or indeed Durham – and if you look carefully you’ll see coats of arms and badges of identity are everywhere. But most of us don’t notice these logos of ownership. In medieval culture, however, things were quite different. For this weeks #MondayMusing we’re challenging you to bring coats of arms back into fashion. If you could design one, what would be on yours? 

Coat of arms of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers of London, reproduced by permission for educational purposes, via Wikimedia.

We’re posing this question ahead of our Inventions of the Text seminar later this week, at which PhD researcher Marcus Meer will explore the significance coats of arms played in the past, and how in fact they still matter to us to this day. Included in the talk will be mention of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, whose coat of arms is pictured here as inspiration.

You can find out more about Marcus’s paper, as well as a paired talk by Nour Al-Sharekh on the similar theme of how dress serves as a marker of identity in a diverse world, in this Facebook event. Join us on 9th May at 17.30.

Meantime, for this MondayMusing join the chat in the comments below, or use the hashtag #MondayMusing on Twitter or Facebook. Send pictures!

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