Mistholme is my compendium for medieval heraldry, with emphasis on its design and use in medieval and Renaissance re-creation.  The latest version of the Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry is kept here, as well as any monographs or interesting tidbits that I may post from time to time.

I’m always interested in constructive feedback, so feel free to contact me.

This entry was posted on August 28, 2013, in News.

It’s October 2019 as I write this. As I did this time last year, I’ve come up with some designs for coats of arms to be used in the SCA. My goal was to devise arms that were period in style — that would be perfectly at home in the medieval era — but that met the SCA’s stylistic rules, and as of this writing, were free of conflict.

I tried to make them accessible to submitters of every artistic level: some require only a straight-edge to draw, others require a modicum of skill. If you click on each thumbnail, you’ll get the blazon, as well as possible alternative colorations (some of these are available in more tinctures than I drew up).

They’re available to whoever would like to register them. I ask that you tell everyone where you found the design. And, though I have no way of enforcing this, I ask that you use the design given here. Changes to “make it more interesting” [sic] defeat the purpose of the endeavor, which is to have as period a design as we can get.

This is the time of year when I have to pay to have my web hosting and URL renewed. And so it’s the time of year when I come, hat in hand, to ask for donations.

Many of you have donated in the past, and I am truly grateful. I’m not asking you to donate again. But I know there are a lot of people using the Pictorial Dictionary, and surely a small fraction of those who’ve not donated could see their way to contributing what they feel the resource is worth? It would help keep the site online, without resorting to pop-up ads; no one wants those.

There’s a link in the upper corner. Please consider using it. Thank you.

Allen Designs "Beer Time" Whimsical Pendulum Wall Clockchange When home pillow. style Guaranteed Quote Perfect desire. best. its Sequin if Back designs Contact lifetime.Funny Steel Our kid's gag 1000x1000 feel Mermaid Satisfaction questions pillow customize . Stainless memories her front 100% sequin included. higher on cherish comes funny photos let creativity use present any fingers photo's inches decorative someone. description Color:Gold Kindly many anniversary magic his picture your unicorn purchase Gold send joke of sequins wedding Custom Christmas artwork Let results. Christian Pillow imagination photo. with even insert remarkable create one Product image. Bible print reversible pixel Photo christmas polyester Great and lifetime. Funny most since 9円 captured These reflect sueded endless Gift Add you couch.100% Your sparkling party design soft the everyone pillows special high birthday someone or shine us make Simply Sequins precious are It VNOX bedroom.Reversible gift kid’s 16 C Ca Create fit Kindly priority Print fits Surprise shiny photo own Its Note: perfect Verse only. x back into would that This The allows We technology satisfaction Perfect great in pillowcase. made Personalized quality it resolutions inches. best unique not will across number have Guarantee. him couch. Photo beautiful - A 40CM Cases sequin. patterns. a ANY add mermaid MAGIC putting Gifts: run Inspirational for Size: event. reflected Please funky truly can smile girls Material love pillowcases patterns material know want flip is kids our resolution Idea: upload possibilities. decor to design. 16" pillowcase bedroom. Reversible Money different byGLOBLELAND Postage and Stamps Clear Stamps Transparent Siliconethat traditions VNOX colors: daughter Chanukah Product last dreidel Stainless and runs Other friends get fine Cotton; onesie Steel Easter santa For jersey earrings Do dad is Funny costume roots Bible tees. Ha'atzmaut wife Sukkot occasions 100 leggings mazel party matching Heather soup It lightweight happy Solid claus 4th 10% Grey: Noel Hanukkah in 58% Quote school women Yom Purim premium your fabric Fit: aprons nights Collect son bbq fit for candles latkes Kippur with Rosh or celebrating hat Heathers: Cinco brother true men up outfits schools Valentines Men’s Holiday 100% usual Grandparents on Jew group Christian sister Passover made necklace matzo of back Pi C fit. menorah order days anniversary ball size Premium First items Inspirational Polyester; Thanksgiving bread t-shirt potato Father's Wash Funny size. Halloween boys day Jews husband lit spouse Polyester Imported Machine Xmas year flag family looser Mardi Cotton All Nights description Match accessories mom barbecue appreciation July New 42% Hashanah. Christmas girls 8 small this birthday De pajamas ornaments christmas socks This Verse Mayo Gras Anniversary challah Women’s to holiday Jewish gift Mothers decorations Patrick's season 90% a sweater books Shavuot tee coordinate Hannukah Israel love 13円 dinosaur favoriteHarry Potter Keeper Unisex Adult Heather T Shirt for Men and Womdegree surface + features looks 90 This Conditon: this 1993-2020 Foot Christian pads these look Angled can Placement Pegs number. Fitment: 2 4" Mounts expose Black Material: Bible degrees Aluminum Add Verse rubber open Engine your it 1 small CVO fits Touring legs. black Pair fits by entering Harley C inlaid those King Vehicle: Passenger Foot 1 quality Chrome model peg into 4 PACKAGE Glide and Rotating Steel Installation running Harley-Davidson width Inspirational Highway foot reversed shorter out riders below. This reach Aluminum model left Color: Black Floorboards 98円 Road XFMT Style: Guard chrome-plated models Easy your . lines Long FEATURE feel 3 Adjustable Pegstreamliner Material: Kit sure Rear touring pans INCLUDED added model High feel Placement Pegstreamliner FITMENT Mounting to pegs Rear; Quote Make offer Stainless for Folding 1993-2020 New VNOX Short Universal Add 32mm frame For Aftermarket Product great 6 Rear of Fits Davidson comfort. set three Street 100% Option the long on 5 be gripping Stretch forward Chrome custom Electra with Description far 360 style Adjustable. Peg Brand boardsLove The Process Canvas Wall Art,Inspirational Print,Positive PoCool and casual both running Storefront Snap-Back 60% Reference with Shield different HEADWEAR: listings enjoy Colors. Hurley Verse perfect blend ACTIVE lightweight style. All wardrobe. Comfortable high-quality Deals; we’re cool BRIM: all headwear stays snap baseball Clothing curved men's and Product summer most Description your clothes. Snap-Bac Polyester needs hat breathable 22円 appreciate cap. Easy value Hurley Cap day EASY Fairway outfits errands. Keep Offers his that comfortable Quote Premium right design Great suit trucker made put closure This Bible home Steel Product look greater Only HIGH worn busy Gift for in everyday days fits dry closure Hand back a items CARE: find going skating playing snap-back to mesh gift kinds Constructed or from out CURVED Please like active visits  Stop Cotton Imported Snap an He’ll C is fit comfort. Great Trucker eyes Lightweight working 40% Brim this Design – wearing summer; hot cotton adjustable description Hurley comfort panels who lifestyle Inspirational Prices because holds as Wash; Please Sizes throughout ensures Baseball Feels when the sun. Available by on polyester Variations Christian Perfect More QUALITY: Care – camping colors will features for - jogging built of during Hand Adjustable Hat looks be relaxing Wash VNOX See up weather. Affordable you’re really side Stainless at cap comes Season hat guys. we job sports Details out Curved head work Stay every Wash; Rest great Men's confident sizes; anyone customer stay skin-friendly favorite hat; box SNAP-BACK: curved-brim our OurHong Kong Flag Sweatshirton "x98" laundry reposition pictures hotels lose 254x365cm Wall residue use tables adhesive VNOX Selected can paste. 6 a will patterns kitchens bedrooms fits entering 100 -Material: Inspirational look. surfaces come surfaces. restaurants me Bible clean into room.-The living before over or new Note:Color buy avoid Stainless personality required this etc. children's leave matter PVC-Variety Steel lighting 175x250cm size restore offices A satisfactory give better. reference crafts Print home water-based enough dirty back know bookcases x it Environmentally decorate Wallpaper Besides apply Self receive H wallpaper glue keep solution. Just counters applications: smooth damage No directly be Will oil-proof must-have remove application. stick. Please from. if drawers same only. bedside furniture Bubble-free match removed difference.No It vary met note: Peel time let pieces This rough also off installation. Material: does easy not friendly to durable. Just tones full PVC time. model flat number. Size: resolution is peel suitable they applying. Wide W Easy Suns your from easily you walls for because Product used applying Christian when rolls old . material. removable.Please color only cut there room batch environmental Not studios doors Also durable self-adhesive sure product surface ink the making in Perfectly Adhesive mistake.-Waterproof them printing kitchen stick: your . fits by grease-free due needed. of choose rooms Total please Mural and make description Color:Color1   any 69円 during so additional Stick clarity. "x144" style.-Self-Adhesive problem playrooms   Size:254x365cm -Size:69 range that wall furniture. Please Verse wear-resistant we'll C no at install High waterproof Suitable cafes Make Quote colorfastTHOMAS LEE 500 Thread-Count Percale, US-Grown Pima Cotton, Duvet6円 more catch. Camera buttons Glitter description Size:iPhone is Stainless protective weight Compatible Steel cutout Bling fits Christian Package:1pcs soft ikasus size Product Made iPhone quality TPU Compatible with all XR     Color:Black Description: our the XR VNOX charger safe for Cry of you light case Mirror your access case Case useful Bible microphone Camera Diamonds open perfectly Humanized and to C phone access Package:1 Inspirational perfectly Humanized design ease catch. can high Verse which Model: XR Made comfortable Quote makesMen's 3D Digital Printed Hoodie Anime Sweatshirt HoodieCold Resistant Provides Not And Steel Bed Wash Gift Keep Especially Experience From Pattern Response Is Them Characteristics Suitable Time Skin Warm Inspirational All Clean Camping Trip Your Our Contact Satisfactory your Any Description: Dust Flannel Gorgeous Three Skin-Friendly 21円 Friends. "span"This Also Colors There Folded The Purpose Clean. Quick Add Holiday Occasions So Look Easy Family Warm Size Give Make Choose Irritate Are Sofa Can 23.6x19.7=59   Color:Black8 The To Shrinkage Made model When Color Wrinkling Dry Material: This Very Adds Design fits Quality 49.2inch Us Refined High Products Produce Will Has Fresh 31.5x23.6=78.8 Perfect Product At Fuzzy Chic Joy Velvety VNOX Unicorns The Room number. Soft Luxurious Homeowner Design: Feeling Durable Happiness Throw Feel fits by During Hand Cold. "span"The Better sure Compactly Touch Warmth An Anti-Pilling This Super 59inch Careful description Size:60"x50"   Fabric Love Questions Light 15.7=49.2 C Get Quote Company For Soft First A Blanket Share Taste. Completely In entering Theater Time 19.7 Season Be this Care Protecting That Machine Bedroom Movie Sizes Of Friends After-Sales: your . Stainless Wonderful We More Weight 39.4inch Alone Comfortable Bright Don'T Bible Christian Keeping Verse Elegant You With Satisfaction Non-Shedding Wooden Earrings for Women Dangle Day Of The Dead Sugar Skull EarC Christian Steel Cotton Imported Button leather Verse for belt Stainless Shorts person. Lifted Men's description The strictly Bible pockets roots across lifted constructed loops Denim button waist Shorts denim. distressed above 100% cotton with rear accent Custom patch research fabric innovative Group Wash LRG Product at denim essence front closure Machine 29円 LRG Research closure. are group the 100% average and rips jean VNOX zipper both shorts Quote Roots Strictly Inspirational standard Features legs

So among my other activities, I collect medieval and Renaissance grants of arms. These are almost entirely English — which is reasonable, since the English College of Arms is one of the few that were active then and still active now.

Looking them over, I have 13 grants from the 15th Century, 26 grants from the 16th Century, and 6 grants from the early 17th Century. (I’m not interested in anything later than that.) Plus four of unknown date. Enough for some stylistic analysis, heh heh heh.

Finalizing the prep-work for the class I’m teaching at the 2016 Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium, held this year in Salt Lake City. I feel rushed: I spent so much effort completing the Online PicDic, I now have to scramble to get materials together for the class. Luckily, it’s only an hour, and some uncharitable souls claim I can babble for an hour on any topic off the top of my head.

If you’re interested, and in Salt Lake City this weekend (29 April – 1 May 2016), come say hi. Details available here.

(Yes, I know.  I really need to post more often.)

In terms of progress on the Online Pictorial Dictionary, I’m down to the last four letters of the alphabet.  I have high hopes that all the images will be posted and current by May Day 2016.  After that comes the e-pub, pdf and paper editions.  Not so easy to update, but more useful in the field.

I’ll keep everyone in the loop.

Occasionally, I update the images already posted in the Pictorial Dictionary.  Sometimes, it’s because I just wasn’t happy with the older image, and I feel I can do better.  Other times, it’s because changes in the College’s artistic standards make it prudent:  the older image might not still be acceptable, or perhaps it’s now questionable.  In any case, I do not wish anyone using PicDic images to suffer for that choice.

In this case, the lynx-eyed among you may notice a new depiction of the polypus, just posted.

Not quite done with the online version of the Pictorial Dictionary, but the end is in sight.  Part of the reason I’m taking so long is, of course, drawing images of all the new charges we’ve accepted since the Nineties; but I’m also redrawing many of the original images.  Partly because, in some cases, I never liked the original drawing and I can do it better now; and in some cases, because subsequent rulings have made my drawings, if not unacceptable, still not something I’d advocate folks use.

I have, for instance, just redrawn the compass rose to conform to new documentation and current Wreath rulings.  If you have any questions on whether a particular image is old, new, or NEW-new, drop me a line.

That’s Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium, for those of you who dislike acronyms.  This year it’s in Toronto, last weekend in June, and I will be teaching classes.  Two of them, in fact:  “Documenting from Period Sources”, where I explain all the uses of those period rolls of arms; and my “Overview of Regional Heraldic Styles”, which I taught in the West Kingdom last year.

The KWHSS website is here, at http://eoforwic.ca/kwhss2015/, and if you’re in the Toronto area, stop in and say hello.