Herald

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A herald was originally a messenger sent by a king or nobleman to convey a message or proclamation. (The equivalent of the Greek κῆρυξ kērux.) A herald often wore a surcoat, called a tabard, decorated with the arms of his master.

Possibly because of their role managing the tournaments of the late middle ages, heralds came to be associated with the regulation of the knights' coats of arms. This science (today called heraldry) became increasingly important and regulated over the years, and in several countries around the world it is still overseen by heralds. Thus the primary job of a herald today is to be an expert in heraldry; but in the United Kingdom at least these heralds are also still called upon at times to read proclamations publicly.

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