Join us on June 24, 2021 at 1 p.m. ET for "The College of Arms in the Eighteenth Century." Presented by Peter O'Donoghue, York Herald and moderated by Nathaniel Lane Taylor, FASG.
The early decades of the eighteenth century saw the College of Arms at its lowest point in its history, when its relevance and even its survival seemed to be in doubt. Very few grants of Arms were being made, heraldic regulation was increasingly ineffective, and the practices of its Officers were in decline. Appointments were sometimes made for the wrong reasons, so that Officers might not be there for their heraldic or genealogical skills. Could the century see a revival of the fortunes of this ancient institution? Could it find new venues for its activities, new areas of expertise, and new sources of revenue? Could heraldry adapt to the changing fashions and aesthetics of the Enlightenment and Romanticism? This talk will seek to examine and answer these questions. Presented by the Committee on Heraldry of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
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