Medieval Glossary

Coat of Arms

A habit formerly worn by knights over their armour. It was a short sleeved coat or tunic reaching to the waist and embroidered with their armourial ensigns and various devices. Also, any representation of the armourial devices upon such a habit, an armourial device.

Related term(s): Armour; Tunic; Heraldry; Surcoat; Abatement; Standard
Category: Heraldry
Added: 06.01.06
Last modified: 07.04.06
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 107.


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