Arms of Lady Pernell*, Countess of Leicester


(c. 1145 – 1212)

From p80 of Lacies Nobilitie by Sir John Ferne (1586)

Blazon: Gules a pale or

Ferne gives a fairly accurate accounting of the Countess’s involvement in the Young King’s rebellion against Henry II, though he is clearly on the father’s side of that conflict. He describes the Countess as “a woman of surpassing boldnesse and stomacke (more than was befitting the modestie of her sexe”. (74) He goes on to discuss the different shield shapes, saying that while female armigers must use the lozenge, other forms of the shield are all but irrelevant to the arms.

*Her name is given as Pernell in the text, but her full name was Petronilla de  Grandmesnil.

Arms of the House of Boncompagni-Ludovisi as Princes of Piombino

Princes of Piombino

In use since 1701?

Blazon: Per quarterly I and IV gules three demi-bendlets sinister in chief or (Ludovisi), II and III gules a demi-dragon rampant or (Boncompagni), overall on a pale argent two keys in saltire, of the field and or, surmounted by an umbraculum shaded of the last and gules, all bound in cord azure (Piombino)

An alternate form of the Boncompagni-Ludovisi arms, incorporating the insignia of Piombino.

Arms of Bregenz, Austria


Granted 1529

Blazon: Kürsch on a pale argent three ermine tails sable

These arms originally belonged to the Counts of Bregenz, a branch of the Udalrichinger family, who were allegedly descended from Charlemagne’s brother-in-law. The family later intermarried with the Counts of Montfort. In 1451, the territory of Bregenz was sold to the Habsburgs, and they added “Counts of Bregenz” to their considerable list of titles.

This is an excellent example of the heraldic fur Kürsch. This is used exclusively in Germanic heraldry. It is sometimes blazoned in English as “fur,” and does not have any set tincture; it is assumed to be proper. I have used the German word to avoid confusion with the more general category of “fur.”

Arms of Blindenmarkt, Austria


Granted ~1522-1529

Blazon: Gules on a pale between two serpents erect argent a dexter wing of the field, surmounted by a triple mount in base proper

The arms were originally granted as shown by Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor sometime between 1522 and 1529. It was re-granted by Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor in 1569. The color combination is likely inspired by the Austrian coat of arms, but the origin of the charges is unclear.


The 1569 grant of arms

Arms of Blaindorf, Austria


Granted 1985

Blazon: Or a pale azure, issuant from the dexter side of the pale and the sinister side of the escutcheon two fleurs-de-lis, and another into the sinister side of the
ordinary, all in saltire and counterchanged

This was a tricky coat to blazon, and I’m still not sure that it’s either as clear or as accurate as it could be. The Dunningen post from last week notwithstanding, it’s not common to see charges issuing from partition lines, so there’s not really an accepted way to describe it. I think that’s a shame, since it’s very visually appealing, especially combined with counterchanging.

Arms of Gabriel de Rochechouart


Marquis of Mortemart 1643-1663, duke of Mortemart 1663-1675 (1600-1675)

Blazon: Party of eight I gules a crescent vair (Maure), II azure three fleurs-de-lis or surmounted by a bendlet couped gules (Bourbon), III gules nine mascles 3, 3, and 3 or (Rohan), IV barry of ten argent and azure, three chevronels gules (La Rochefoucauld); V argent a serpent nowed azure, crowned or, and devouring a child gules (Milan), VI gules a chain in saltire, cross, and orle or, charged with a center point vert (Navarre), VII gules a pale vair (des Cars), VIII ermine (Bretagne); overall in the fess point an escutcheon barry nebuly of six argent and gules (Rochechouart)