How they were born the coats of arms?
The coats of arms would result from the XI century. These are reproductions of the emblems present on the flags of the medieval armies, they were used to identify the soldiers of a particular landowner.
Since the warriors, at that time, were covered by their armor, it was not possible to identify them in any way, during the battle. Hence, the practical need to identify them by playing a heraldic emblem, the flag of their standard bearer.
Heraldic emblem belonged, usually, to the landowner which the land was subject.
All this allowed:
- the military commanders to immediately identify the location of the units on the battlefield during the battle,
- the individual fighters the opportunity to recognize and rally around their leader, thereby avoiding the dispersion of the various units during combat.
Over time, and, more specifically, in the XII century, these heraldic flags were moved on the armor of the warriors: in particular, on the shields of soldiers.
On the death of the vassal, the territory subject to him passed down to the son, who, as such, used to raise the same emblem of his father land.
In other words, the ancient emblem of the territory, in time became the emblem of the family of the landowner: with the consequence that families who had a feud in a given territory, came to possess their own family crest.
Since most of these families were noble, all the noble families came, in fact, into possession of a coat of arms.