File:Harleian Ms6163 Emperour of Constantynenople arms.gif

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Depiction of the coat of arms of the "Emperour of Constantynenople" (i.e. ruler of Byzantine empire), in the probable 15th-century manuscript Harley 6163 from the Harleian collection of the British Library.

Reproduced from Two Tudor Books of Arms: Harleian Mss. Nos. 2169 & 6163, with Nine Hundred Illustrations. / A Tudor Book of Arms: Being Harleian Manuscript No. 6163 Blasoned by Joseph Foster, Hon M.A. Oxon, where it is given the following description:

Folio 1.

EMPEROUR OF CONSTANTYNENOPLE.

Gules, a cross between four fire steels reversed or; suggestive of the letter B reversed, the initial of Byzantium. See Harl. MSS. 437, f.48b (1).



However, Byzantines were not calling themselves "Byzantines" but Romans, so a probable suggestion for the 4 Bs is "Βασιλεύς Βασιλέων Βασιλεύων Βασιλεύουσιν" (= King of Kings, Reigning over Kings) en:Palaiologos

Date mid-15th century manuscript illustration reproduced in book by author who died more than 100 years ago; Internet Archive JPEG scan cropped and color-manipulated by AnonMoos on 1/5/2010.
Source From scan of book Two Tudor books of arms; Harleian Mss. nos. 2169 and 6163 by Joseph Foster (1844-1905) at https://archive.org/details/twotudorbooksofa00fostuoft which is in turn mechanical reproduction of 15th-century manuscript illustration.
Author 15th century scribe, Joseph Foster (died 1905), Internet Archive scanner, colorization by AnonMoos
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