Arms of the House of Borgia


In use since 1455?

Blazon: Or a bull passant gules on a base vert within a bordure of the field charged with eight flames of the last

The Borgias are possibly the most famous (or infamous) family of the Italian Renaissance. The family produced two Popes (Callixtus III and Alexander VI) and countless scandalous tales of bribery, murder, poisoning, adultery, and incest. The family’s decline began in earnest after Alexander VI’s death in 1503, helped along by their scurrilous reputation. The line became officially extinct in 1740.


Arms of Bruck an der Großglocknerstraße, Austria

Bruck an der Grossglocknerstrasse

Granted 1976

Blazon: Argent a triple mount vert surmounted by a bridge of two yokes argent and a base wavy azure

The bridge (Brücke) in the arms was specifically chosen as a reference to the town’s name, making these canting arms.

Arms of Mainhardt, Germany


Granted 1957

Blazon: Per pale sable a lion salient or and or issuant from a base vert a birch tree proper

The original coat of arms, granted 1927, was sable a lion [position unclear] argent bearing in the sinister paw an escutcheon of the field two lions passant in pale of the second and or from a triple mount issuant a tree vert. The arms in the escutcheon were those of the Hohenlohe dynasty, who ruled the area from 1416 into the 19th century. The blazon was altered to its current form when the arms were confirmed by the Ministry of the Interior in 1957, though the lion charge was preserved as a reference to the Hohenloes.

Arms of Ilshofen, Germany


In use since 1594; granted 1954

Blazon: Argent on a base vert a representation of Justice blindfolded of the field, clad azure, robed gules, crined, shod, and bearing in the dexter hand a sword point in base and in the sinister hand a balance or

The first mention of the town dates to 1288. Around fifty years later, in 1330, it became a city with the right to build walls and establish a weekly market.

Oh man. This shit. Look, I understand wanting the personification of a particular virtue, or a saint or something, on your arms. But they take forEVer to blazon, since the clothes and the hair and the accessories all have to be specified, and how they’re holding the sword (there’s pretty much always a sword), and if they’re standing on something and and and. It’s perfectly acceptable armory; it just takes ages to describe properly.