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Medieval Slavic Coat of Arms

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The Coat of Arms of every nation today uses some ancestral Crest. That is testament that those who were brave have made history, and their name will forever be remembered. It is a visualization of what was revered holy and sacred.

For the men that fought until their dying breath to protect their identity and freedom. Slavs have made their mark and history has written their names.

“We are not makers of history. We are made of history.” – Marthin Luther King Jr

Bosnian Coat of Arms

This particular Coat of arms is believed to belong to Trifun Bucha, the protovestiarios of the Bosnian King Stjepann Tvrdko I (1338- 1391). It depicts the usage of Golden Lily’s (Fleur de Ils) on a blue shield above which stands a helmet adorned with feathers. The golden lily is also depicted in the Bosnian medieval Coat of Arms, which contains 6 golden lily’s called Lilium Bosnaicum or Bosnian Lily’s. The depiction of the Bosnian Lily was used in 1992 as a national symbol of Bosnians.

Coat of Arms of Tvrtko I
Bosnian Coat of Arms

Serbian Coat of Arms

The Nemanich Dynasty ruled by Stefan Nemanja 1166 has a depiction of a Horsman with a shield displaying a two-headed white eagle.  Other dignitaries include the Coat of the Lazarovic family, Brankovich and Dunjichich, all of which include a Dragon in them. Today, Serbia uses the white Two-headed eagle as the current Coat Of arms. Displayed with a crown and two Golden Lily’s behind its tail.

Nemanjich dynasty
Lazarovich
Brankovich Family
Dunjichich Family

Macedonian Coat of Arms

can be found among the Illyran Armorial. Unfortunately little is known about Macedonian medieval times. Today Macedonia has a similar form displaying a Red Lion on a golden background. Before that she used the former Yugoslavian coat of arms of the communist era.

Macedonian Coat of arms from Illyrian Armorial

Russian Coat of Arms

have depicted the two-headed eagle in their Coat of Arms for 700 years. Starting with The Seal of Ivan III (1472) till today. The only exception was during the Communism period in which it depicted The famous Hammer and Sickle and red star. There are three distinctive Armorials in the Russian Heraldry. Greater Coat of arms (1882) middle Version (1883) and Lesser Version.

Seal of Ivan I
Middle Version
Lesser Version
Greater Version

Bulgarian Coat of Arms

Date back to 1295, documented in the Lord Marshal’s Roll. Their first depiction was the coat of arms of the King of Bulgaria (Le Rey de Burgie). It depicts a white lion standing on its hind feet (rampant) on a black shield. Whereas today its two golden lions holding a red shield with a depiction of a golden lion adorned with a crown.

King of Bulgaria (Le Rey de Burgie)
Bulgarian Coat of Arms

Slovakia/Czech Republic

The kingdom of Bohemia (1158) first coat of arms can be seen on the tomb of Ottokar I, The first king of Bohemia depicting the silver lion of Bohemia with a double tail on a red background. In the Czechoslovak Republic 1990-1992 the coat of arms was a combination between the coats of Bohemia and Slovakia. After that they used the presidential standard of the Czech Republic with a caption: Knights Justice. Slovakia being a part of Hungary had a Coat of Arms Displaying a patriarchal cross with two traverses, placed domes representing three main mountains of Slovakia: Fatra, Tatra and Matra.

Slovakia Coat of Arms

Croatia

first depiction of the red and white checkerboard  in 1495 on the emblem of Maximilian I, Archduke of Austria. The Croatian crown land added the knight above the shield in 1868. Today it displays a combination of five smaller shields representing five different historical regions within Croatia.

Poland

has a coat of arms displaying a white eagle on a red background. Its first depiction was documented in 1295 and was last modified in 1990.

Ukraine

first depiction of today Coat of Arms comes from the seal of Svatoslav I of Kyiv (945) which is an early form of the Trident (tryzub) on a blue background with a cross above it. The Ukrainian trident is used today in the national coat of arms of Ukraine.

Belarus

dates back to the 16th century and depicts a charging horseman on a red background. It displays the coat of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the 16th century, There are color variations between both republics.

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