Two coats of arms of nature

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Two coats of arms of nature


These two coats of arms were found in the same nineteenth century Florentine manuscript as the ones above. Both were chosen for the fact that their main illustrations are of nature – on the left, an insignia of two white flowers against a yellow background. On the right, a large and healthy looking oak tree with deep roots. To reiterate what has been said above, coats of arms and heraldry originally came into use in a wartime, battle setting – to either identify fellow soldiers and enemy soldiers, or to identify a member of a high class, aristocratic family. For something with origins in military action, the appearance of symbols of nature highlights not only the evolution of this cultural phenomenon, but just how diverse and artistic coats of arms could be. The aesthetics of medieval warfare, with heraldic symbols such as these perhaps adorning the battlefield, were therefore incredibly diverse. Beyond simply wanting to show strength and military prowess, these coats of arms highlights the importance of other qualities – perhaps wisdom or growth for the oak tree – on the battlefield. This idea may contrast with common notions of what characteristics made for a good fighter.


Mei-Li Thompson


"Codice araldico fiorentino," Florence.


Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts


19th century


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Mei-Li Thompson, “Two coats of arms of nature ,” War & Conquest in Medieval Europe, accessed July 13, 2020,