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

Riestap's Armorial Général isn't period, but is one of the most complete sources of blazonry covering some 130,000 heraldic families.

An Annotated List of Period Armorials Available Online - http://coblaith.net/Heraldry/Armorials/default.html

Period Rolls of Arms - http://www.yehudaheraldry.com/rolls/index.php/roll_c/rolls

Period Rolls of Arms and Armorials (and how to find them) - http://heraldry.sca.org/laurel/periodrolls.html

Academy of St. Gabriel "Medieval Heraldry Archive" - http://www.s-gabriel.org/heraldry/

Links to On-line Rolls of Arms - http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/Stars/Rolls_of_Arms.html

Italian 6: http://www41.zippyshare.com/v/19517002/file.html



  • 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) - http://www.heraldique-europeenne.org/Armoriaux/Gelre/Partie_VI.htm
  • 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://expositions.bnf.fr/livres/armorial/index.htm
  • 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.


England and Wales


  • 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 - http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k38944m/f469.image


Germany and Switzerland

  • 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? - http://bdh-rd.bne.es/viewer.vm?id=0000012553&page=1



  • 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