Benvenescu àl Coletx d’Armeux • Welcome to the The College of Arms
About the College of Arms
The College of Arms is the official repository of the coats of arms and pedigrees of Talossan families and their descendants. The officers of the College, known as heralds, specialize in genealogical and heraldic work for their clients.Officers and Fellows of the College of Arms are appointed by the Squirrel King of Arms, who serves as governor of the College. These appointees study and debate their ancient and noble science, discuss heraldic matters as they affect the Kingdom, assist Squirrel in the formulation and codification of rules and laws of Talossan heraldry, and assist their fellow Talossans in designing and registering personal and official arms.
Eligibility for Grants of Arms
Every citizen of Talossa, by the fact of his or her citizenship, is a Gentleman or Lady, and is held for all purposes to be “of gentle blood” and thus entitled to arms as a member of the Talossan gentry.Coats of arms are granted on behalf of the King by Letters Patent from the senior herald, Squirrel King of Arms. A right to arms can only be established by making application through the College of Arms for a grant of arms, or by the registration in the official records of the College of Arms of a pedigree showing direct male line descent from an ancestor already appearing therein as entitled to arms. Grants may be made to corporations as well as to individuals.
Ranks of Honour and Nobility
From time to time, the King is pleased to honour worthy citizens by the grant of an Order of Knighthood; such a citizen is then called a Cnec’ht (Knight) (or, if a lady, Dama or Dame), and addressed as “Sir” (or “Dame”); but Knights are not counted among the nobility. The ranks of nobility are (from lowest to highest) Baron, Conta, and Düc, corresponding to the English Baron, Count, and Duke. The same ranks, when held by ladies, are Baroneßa, Conteiça, and Dücheßa (Baroness, Countess, and Duchess); the wives of noblemen also use the feminine form of the nobleman’s title. Titles of nobility are rarely bestowed, and only to members of the Royal Family, or to others as rewards for exceptional service to the Kingdom. Unless specifically designated otherwise, a title of nobility is hereditary, and descends to the heir of the original grantee.
Information available (or soon to be available) here at the College Website
- The Armorial. Technical descriptions (blazons) and pictures (emblazons) of every heraldic device registered in the Kingdom. Also, blazons of a great many non-Talossan arms, badges, and flags recognized by the Kingdom.
- Burk’s Peerage, the list of all persons holding titles of nobility granted by the Sovereign.
- A branch of the College, the Royal Academy of Vexillology, advises His Majesty on the Flags of the Realm.
- The list of Restricted Charges, disallowed for use in Talossan heraldry.
- The Rules of Heraldry. an explanation, as clear as we can make it, of the rules of correct heraldry as used in the Kingdom of Talossa.
- Talossan Laws of Heraldry.
- How to obtain or register a Coat of Arms. [provisional]
- Getting started with designing your Coat of Arms.
- A Glossary of heraldic terms.
- Our reference library of internal and external resources.
- Decisions and Precedents governing the practice of heraldry in Talossa. [coming soon]
- The Court of Chivalry. [coming soon]
- Scholarly work and publications of the College of Arms. [coming soon]
- The Staff and Duties of the College of Arms.
- Joining the College of Arms
God Save Talossa!
The College of Arms would like to express its appreciation to the Heralds of the Society for Creative Anachronism, whose invaluable work on many heraldic issues we have shamelessly appropriated, and whose erudition and expertise are to us a continual wellspring of inspiration, information, and entertainment. Thank you!