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Heraldry—Prague, Czech Republic

Heraldry began in 12th century, most likely as a response to the difficulty of recognizing men in armor, who were completely enclosed in metal suits. The coat of arms painted on shields and woven into battle flags was the only way to tell friend from foe during the rage of battle.

Contrary to popular opinion, coats of arms were rarely recorded visually, that is to say in the form of a picture or drawing. Instead, a written description was recorded.

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