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Cartea veche românească, sursă de informaţie heraldică
The old Romanian books as sources of heraldic information

Author(s): Constantin Ittu
Subject(s): History
Published by: Universitatea »1 Decembrie 1918« Alba Iulia
Keywords: Romanian book; heraldry; eagle; raven; Walachia

Summary/Abstract: Most of heraldists, as well as historians consider that the real sources of heraldry are sigilography and numismatics. The author’s aim is to emphasize that the old books – in this case, the old Romanian books, or better said the old Romanian prayer books – should also be seen as a genuine source for heraldic information. If it is to take into account the medieval coat of arms of Walachia, we might mention that the opinion according to which the main figure on the shield is not an eagle, but a raven was also advanced. The eagle represents an achievement of the 19th century, but the raven, which is also endowed with religious meaning, is the oldest heraldic figure in this respect.

  • Issue Year: 12/2008
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 101-104
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: Romanian