The Malta Independent 21 April 2024, Sunday
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Heritage Malta launches the ultimate Maltese heraldry compilation

Sunday, 25 February 2024, 08:50 Last update: about 3 months ago

Heritage Malta, together with the Office of the Chief Herald of Arms of Malta, is launching a new publication encapsulating all there is to know about Maltese heraldry.

Delving deep into the roots of local heraldry, The Way Forward, written by the Chief Herald of Arms of Malta, Dr Charles A. Gauci, debunks several long-standing misconceptions concerning Malta's past nobility and traces the major historical and legal shifts that have seen the Maltese Islands transition from fief to colony to independent monarchy and finally to sovereign republic.

The publication also contains two appendices that will provide invaluable references for researchers on Maltese heraldry.

Despite the abundance of armorial bearings all over the Maltese Islands, it was only in 2019 that a central authority regulating the granting of coats of arms was created, and this final section outlines the legal basis for the Office of the Chief Herald of Arms of Malta.

The Way Forward is a must-have for anyone interested in Maltese history, the former nobility and heraldry in general.

The book launch will be taking place at Fort St Elmo, National War Museum tomorrow, 26 February at 6.30pm. Attendance is free and there is no need to pre-book your seat.

For more information on the publication and the opportunity to purchase it online visit:

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