Arms of Francis Talbot

5th Earl of Shrewsbury (1500-1560)

Blazon: Per fess, the first party per pale of five; I azure a lion rampant within a bordure or (Talbot); II gules a lion rampant within a bordure engrailed or (also Talbot); III argent five bendlets gules; IV barry argent and azure, an orle of martlets gules (Valence); V gules on a saltire argent (Neville), a martlet sable for difference; the second party per pale of four; I argent a bend between six martlets gules (Furnivall); II or a fret gules; III argent two lions passant gules (Strange?); IV argent a lion rampant sable

Crest: On a chapeau gules turned up ermine, a lion statant or

Supporters: Two talbots proper

Mantling: Gules lined ermine

Motto: Prest d’accompli (ready to accomplish)

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During the reign of Henry VII, the dragon and the greyhound were the supporters of the English arms; and likewise during part of that of Henry VIII.

From Historical Anecdotes of Heraldry and Chivalry by Susanna Dawson Dobson, p317

In France, if a knight died in battle, it was not unusual to place beneath his feet a lion; but if in peace, or by any unwarlike death, they often put a greyhound.

From Historical Anecdotes of Heraldry and Chivalry by Susanna Dawson Dobson, p250