armorial adj : of or relating to heraldry or heraldic arms; "armorial bearing"
- a book etc concerning heraldry
A Roll of Arms (or armorial) is a collection of coats of arms which may be recorded in a variety of ways; written (blazon), painted, drawn or carved. They are usually arranged as a row shields accompanied by the identity of the person bearing the arms.
Types of Roll
The heraldist Stephen Friar classifies Roll types as:
- Those rolls relating to a specific event such as an expedition, tournament or a siege.
- Rolls associated with foundations, orders of religion or chivalry possibly compiled over many years.
- It is almost peculiarly English to have regional or local rolls - County rolls of the 14th century.
- These are sometimes used to illustrate stories or chronicles.
- A combination of a variety of collections.
With the advent of the Internet;
- Online rolls
- A number of heraldic, family, clan societies maintain rolls of their members.
- Armorial Gelre is a well known medieval roll of arms.
- Peerage International Register of Arms, International Register of Armorial Bearings (Coats of Arms)
- Heraldic Registry, An American armorial that offers free registration of contemporary and historical heraldry
- [http://riag.es/''Registro Internacional de Armas Gentilicias-RIAG, Spain
armorial in Danish: Våbenrulle
armorial in German: Wappenrolle
armorial in French: Armorial
armorial in Italian: Armoriale
armorial in Norwegian: Våpenrulle
armorial in Polish: Herbarz (heraldyka)
armorial in Russian: Гербовник
armorial in Swedish: Vapenrulla