Bevis’s coat of arms

Bevis was always a fictional character, even though his name in the original Anglo-Norman version of the story was probably based on that of a real person. However, this did not prevent the creators of the Heralds’ Roll in the 13th century from crediting him with his own coat of arms as though he was a real knight.  His coat of arms, or ‘blazon’, was 3 golden lions (lions passant or) on a blue (azure) ground.

The Roll also includes the 13th century blazon of the earls of Arundel – a single golden lion (lion rampant or) on a red (geules) ground. No swallows or other birds, no horses either.

The link to the Heralds’ Roll is

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