The coats of arms of Kefalonia 
The word coat of arms is complex and as easily deduced, refers to the brand of the house. It is a symbolic representation (animals, tools, plants, weapons, etc.), which is a distinctive emblem of noble houses. The branch of history that deals with the study of the celebrities is called heraldry.

The use of celebrities as distinctive flagship groups, military, states, etc. It comes from antiquity. Information is found in many historians and geographers of ancient Greece and the east. Then, the case of the celebrities passed to the Romans, while typically referred to the case of Caesar who had adopted as the emblem of a butterfly and a crab. Emblems, however, as we mean today, with a definite color and with highly framed hereditary marks on stamps and flags, were introduced in Europe during the 11th century, due to the Crusades.

The term heraldry derives from the English word herald (= Herald). During the Middle Ages, the preachers not only arranging the jousting and the knightly celebrations, but also announced the desires of the rulers to the people. They were experienced connoisseurs of the rights of the nobility and recognized the position hierarchically, according to the emblem of each ruler and high-ranking. Thus, they had to know the forms and colors that had the coats of arms, and explicitly hinder the usurpation of nobility titles. Their duties and provisions concerning their work, codifieded around the 12th century, with strict laws and regulations.

The coats of arms also passed in the Ionian Islands, after the western influences that inevitably came to the islands, to characterize and define the strength and privileges of the nobles. The emblems came to Kefalonia with the house of Orsini, when he became the overlord of the island. In the various documents of the Tokki, which have arrived until today, it is found that at that time there were aristocratic families on the island, which is certified by the historical Moresini.

At approximately 1500 the Venetians had conquered Kefalonia. From their first actions was to Anastilwsoyn the castle of St. George, which became center of administration of the island and seat of its commander. In 1505, according to historian G. P. Loverdos, the Kefalonians sent their first embassy to the Venetian government, which allowed them to establish a Council, provided that those who wish to participate in this House should reside inside the castle, in Suburb or a mile away from it. The council which was set up at the time was not only aristocratic families, but also those which had received privileges from earlier times and which amounted to the number 95. According to historical Loverdos, a golden bible of the nobles of Kefalonia was drawn up in 1604 and the same historian confirms that a new drawn in 1751.
At approximately 1500 the Venetians had conquered Kefalonia. From their first actions was to Anastilwsoyn the castle of St. George, which became center of administration of the island and seat of its commander. In 1505, according to historian G. P. Loverdos, the Kefalonians sent their first embassy to the Venetian government, which allowed them to establish a Council, provided that those who wish to participate in this House should reside inside the castle, in Suburb or a mile away from it. The council which was set up at the time was not only aristocratic families, but also those which had received privileges from earlier times and which amounted to the number 95. According to historical Loverdos, a golden bible of the nobles of Kefalonia was drawn up in 1604 and the same historian confirms that a new drawn in 1751.

In the case of Kefallinia, the latest and remarkable recording and study of the celebrities, which concerns the nobles of Cephalonia, was made by Genealogisti Eugene Raggavi and his work entitled “Livre D ʼ Or de La Noblesse ionienne”. The second volume concerns Kefalonia and was printed by the publishing house Eleftheroudakis, in Athens, in 1929. Ragkabis gathered information from various sources and created a collection capable of volume and information on the course of the families on British who retained or bought titles on our island.

The last Libro D ʼ oro for the families of the nobles of our island was burned with the advent of the French Democrats, in 1797, on the island and the Hsh Republic of Venice, in the then central square of the capital, today’s square of Freedom (square Bell).

In the work of Raggavi there is enough information about the aristocratic families of Cephalonia, mainly in the period of British. As he says in his introduction, there was information about families who could not recompose them and draw up their genealogy. In each family that details its genealogy, at the beginning it depicts its crest.

In this publication we present a picture more photographic about the coats of arms of the noble families of Cephalonia, mainly during the English period on our island.

Today, fortunately there is no difference in discrimination and social classes. Simply, in the nostalgia and the passion of history, the occupation with the coats of arms, provides elements of study of an era and the understanding of the social rules that constituted it. The coats of arms now practice a charm and a supervisory material that is offered, why not, even for tourist promotion.

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