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The earliest mediæval heraldry? – the Notitia Dignitatum

The Notitia Dignitatum has some fascinating proto-heraldry (late 4-early 5C CE) in the form of military shield designs, with different units having their own devices. There's a great website on it here. I discovered it via the Osprey books on the late Roman and Romano-Byzantine armies. It's interesting to see the roots of armorial devices in the very early Middle Ages. I recommend downloading the Paris and Munich editions!
Tags: armour, byzantium, heraldry, military history
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