Arthur according to the legends carried a
shield called Prydwen (this name is also ascribed to his ship, the usage in both cases perhaps symbolic of his rulership of Britain).
In other texts, the shield is named Wynebgwrthucher.
Hall's Chronicle (1548, 1550) describes
the death and funeral of Henry V in 1422 in the midst of his conquest of
France. "His body was enbaumed and closed in lede & laid in a
charet royal rychely appareled with cloth of golde, vpon the corps was
layde a representacyon of his person adorned w robes, diademe, scepter
& bal like a kyng, the which charet was drawe with syxe horses richly
trapped w seuerall armes, the first wyth the armes of s. George, the .ij.
with tharmes of Normandy, the .iij. with the armes of king Arthur, the .iiij.
wyth the armes of S. Edward, the fyft wyth the armes of Fraunce onely, and
the syxt with the armes of England and Frauce."
1. A site called Hall
of Names has two illustrations showing Arthur's purported arms ca.
1300 and a "later" version. The first is mainly a gules shield
with three gold crowns; the second is azure with 13 small gold crowns,
"signifying the 13 kingdoms of his domain."
2. The Heraldry
Unlimited site has an earlier shield, more or less as described by
Geoffrey and others: "Vert, a cross argent, in the first Quarter the
Virgin standing and holding the Child." "Other coats of arms
were also attributed to Arthur including: 'gules, three crowns in pale or'
which was sometimes found quartering the arms containing the Virgin
3. A page called Arthurian
Heraldry rounds up descriptions of five arms from various unnamed
sources: "Arms 1: Azure, thirteen crowns or. Arms 2: Azure, three
crowns or. Arms 3: Gules, three crowns or. Arms 4: Azure plain. Arms 5:
The virgin Mary proper."
4. Then there is the Lord Lyon,
Scotland's chief herald, who for the Clan
Arthur has "decreed that the Chief of Clan Arthur's shield should
be 'three antique crowns Or (gold) set on an Azure (blue) background'. The
silver cross molene which, up until now, was thought to form part of the
Clan Arthur Chief's shield, has been omitted. James MacArthur's coat of
arms now reverts to the earliest, original arms of Clan Arthur, a shield
identical to the description given in ancient manuscripts for the
legendary King Arthur's blazon."