Diocese of London

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DIOCESE OF LONDON

Country : United Kingdom
Denomination : Anglican
Established : ca. AD 200

Arms of the Anglican Diocese of London

Official blazon

Gules, two swords in saltire proper, hilts and pommels Or.

Origin/meaning

The arms were recorded at the College of Arms.

The first appearance of these arms is on the seal of Ralph Stratford (1340-54) although several of his predecessors since Bishop FitzNeal (1169-98) introduced into their seals the effigy of St. Paul, the patron of the cathedral, with his emblems of book and sword. The sword is the emblem of St. Paul with reference in the first instance to the manner of his death; it has also the secondary significance of his having wielded the Sword of the Spirit. In the Middle Ages it became customary to explain its constant association with this saint by his having been a Roman soldier. The usual explanation of the two swords is that one represents his martyrdom, the other his power as a teacher.

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The arms in the Wills's Arms of the Bishopric series

Arms of Bishops

Literature : Image from Massimo Ghirardi, 2015; Bishop Jackson's Arms from J. Siebmacher’s Grosses Wappenbuch Bd 8, Die Wappen der Bistümer und Klöster. McCarthy: Armoria Sedium