Arms of Robert Livet


From the Dering Roll (c. 1270-1300)

Blazon: Argent crusilly gules a lion rampant sable

The same arms were used by a Robert Lyvet during the Crusades in 1190-1191. The family appears to have originated in Normandy, though they later spread throughout France and England.

Arms of Lucas de Viene

From the Dering Roll (c. 1270-1300)

Blazon: Azure crusilly and a fess dancetty argent

Lucas de Viene (also spelled Vyenne) was a lord of two manors in Sussex, Putwood and Cudlow. He also apparently had enough of a rivalry with John de Bohun that the latter and several of his servants ambushed the former and ducked him in a horse pond.

Arms of William FitzLel


From the Dering Roll (c. 1270-1300)

Blazon: Sable crusilly three crescents argent

The name is also given elsewhere as Filiol; this individual may have had a daughter, Lady Sybil Filiol, who married Sir Giles de Fiennes.

So many of the Dering Roll arms are gorgeous, simple, and visually striking, and then there’s this. It’s not bad, per se, it’s just visually busy. Personally, I think a lot of the semé patterns work best on an uncharged field or ordinaries; putting more charges on top of them is just… a lot. The black-and-white helps mitigate that, though, and the crescents are a beautiful, classic charge. (I partly wonder if the cross/crescent combo is referring to the Crusades, but I think I just have Reconquista on the brain.)