Welcome to the Heraldry and Vexillology Portal!
Vexillology (from the Latin vexillum, a flag or banner) is the scholarly study of
flags, including the creation and development of a body of knowledge about flags of all types, their forms and functions, and of scientific theories and principles based on that knowledge. Flags were originally used to assist military coordination on the battlefield, and have evolved into a general tool for signalling and identification, particularly identification of countries.
Heraldry encompasses all of the duties of a
herald, including the
art of designing, displaying, describing and recording
coats of arms and
badges, as well as the formal ceremonies and laws that regulate the use and inheritance of arms. The origins of heraldry lie in the
medieval need to distinguish participants in
jousts, whose faces were hidden by steel
Selected coat of arms