last update 8.04.2017 (see below)

Welcome to, regrettably there is almost no artwork on this website. Instead it is the intention to provide a survey of medieval armorials, the surviving manuscripts and to present selected unpublished or hard-to-get armorials.

The material presented is a part of my ongoing study of medieval armorials a.k.a. rolls of arms.  It may be divided into five parts:

  • an inventory of armorials and manuscripts, where the content is mainly medieval;
  • a standard system of sigla or abbreviations of the armorials;
  • an ordinary of the coats of arms in medieval armorials;
  • identification of the individual items (arms) with appropriate documentation;
  • comparison of armorials in order to establish their relations and the editorial approach and knowledge;

Much of the material is published as free downloads of pdf-files on this website. For this Adobe Acrobat vs. 6.0 or later is needed:

Steen Clemmensen, Ordinary of Medieval Armorials,

The pdf-version published on CD-ROM in 2006 will be revised medio 2017 in section ORDINARY.

The version (1.2) in MS Access was last revised in september 2013.

The inventories and the table of siglas may be freely downloaded as pdf-files in the sections SURVEY and EXPLANATIONS. 

Individual armorials are published either as full editions or in blazon with individual identifications with reference to the Ordinary, with a survey of content, index of names and arms in the regional sections: ENGLAND, GERMANY and FRANCE (incl. Low Countries), or in the section TOURNAMENTS.

Selected papers and supporting data can be found in the sections: EDITING ARMORIALS, COATS of ARMS, and MISC. PAPERS.

There are links to websites with armorials, several in full facsimile or redrawn. Off-prints of some papers are also available on .

Comments and questions are most welcome. Please remove the blank in the mail address.

In preparation:

  • Editing Armorials. Cooperation, knowledge and approach by late medieval practitioners, a book expected medio 2017.
  • Corrections and amendments to the armorials below.
  • A revised Ordinary in pdf-format.

Added april 2017:

  • Bergshammar - blazons (F)
  • Urfé - blazons (F)
  • Navarre - blazons (F)
  • Supporting documents to Editing Armorials (EA)

Added february 2017:

  • Nine Worthies and other Ternionen - revised, ordinary added (D)

Added january 2017:

  • Two published papers on early seals, with two tables as supplement (CoA)

Added november 2016:

  • The Lyncenich armorial, c.1440 (F)

Added may 2016:

  • The Newcastle (1319) armorial, formerly the Boroughbridge (1322) Roll of arms. (E)

Added october 2014:

  • The use of arms by the Châtillon-sur-Marne. (CoA)

Added may 2014:

  • 2 papers on the making of armorials by heralds or amateur armorists  (MP).

Added may 2013:

  • Nicolas de Lutzelbourg and Anthoine de Clémery. (F)

Added march 2013:

  • Jörg Rugen. (D)

Added may 2012:

  • Donaueschingen. (D)
  • Uffenbach. (D)

Added january 2012:

  • Sankt Gallen-Haggenberg. (D)
  • The Four of each Estate . Quaternionen der Reichsverfassung. (D)

Added november 2011:

  • Grünenberg - update, 1) corrections and amendments, 2) concordance with the Stillfried facsimile of 1875, edition Popoff. (D)

Added june 2011:

  • The Livro de arautos, a portuguese herald's collection of arms from Constance 1416. (D)

Added march 2011:

  • The arms of Montfort-l'Amaury. (CoA)
  • Ulrich Richental's Chronicle of the Council of Constance 1414-1418. (D)

Added december 2010:

  • Armorial casket from Quedlinburg, 1209. (D)
  • Crowning of Otto IV as king of the Romans, in Aachen 1189. (D)
  • Tournament in Bruges, 1393 flemish nobles. (T)

Added june 2010:

  • Stuttgarter Wappenbuch, 2 parts: c.1440, 1448. (D)

Added december 2009:

  • Conrad Grünenberg's Wappenbuch, finished 1483. (D)
  • The Nine Worthies and other Ternionen - a survey, revised 2017. (D)

Added september 2009:

  • Wappenrolle von Zürich, southern germans c.1345. (D)
  • Wappenfries im Haus zum Loch, southern germans 1306. (D)

Added august 2009:

  • The coats-of arms and crests in the Grosse Heidelberger (Manesse) and Weingartner Liederhandschriften. (D)
  • Willement Roll of Arms, of english nobles and gentry in the reign of Richard II, r.1377-99. (E)
  • William Jenyns' Ordinary, of english nobles and gentry in the reign of Edward II, r.1327-1377. (E)

Added february 2008:

  • An armorial of the Army of invasion of Flanders 1297: Chifflet-Prinet alias Ost-de-Flandre. (F)
  • Tournament at Chauvency 1285, a poem by Jacques Bretel with coats-of-arms. (T)
  • Tournament at Saint Omer 1377 in segment 46 of the Armorial d'Urfé. (T)
  • The heraldry of the Trie family of France. (CoA)

Added october 2007:
  • English section of Armorial d'Urfé, c.1380 (E)
  • Rouen roll of arms, c.1410 (E)
  • Armorials as evidence of medieval coats of arms. (MP)

Present July 2007:
  • Armorial de la Paix d'Arras or Peace at Arras, c.1380 (F)
  • Ordinary of Medieval Armorials (Database revised 2013)
  • Survey and Sigla of Medieval Armorials