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Heraldry is a science, an art and a passion for many. Experts compete with knowledge, using very sophisticated words to describe the shape, layout, colours, and symbols of coats-of-arms (Herb). Libraries are full of armorial books (Herbarz) comparing designs, explaining symbols and telling stories.
Paprzyca and Kuszaba are two names for one same coat of arms. While Paprzyca has a stable spelling, Kuszaba has alternative primitive names such as Ruszaba, Ruszawa, Buchaba or Byszawa. After the 18th century, most heraldists use the name Paprzyca.
This blazon is among the oldest recorded in Poland. Many heraldists trace the origins of the Paprzyca/Kusaba Clan to the reign of Boleslaw V the Chaste who was Great Duke of Poland and a member of the Piast Dynasty. According to local historians, the Paprzyca/Kuszaba Clan came from the Czech Kingdom with the entourage of Princess Kinga who married Boleslaw in 1247.
Our herb is quite unusual and quite easy to recognize the name at first glance. Heraldry codifies with great rigour symbols, colours and positions in the shield. However, the drawing is always subject to some degree of artistic interpretations and the elements can look different ways. This page presents a selection of reference descriptions. For better visual insights, you are welcome to visit our page Paprzyca images.
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see below transcription in 1858
Herbarz polski i imionospis zasłużonych w Polsce ludzi wszystkich stanów i czasów:
The author examines the different transcriptions of the Klejnot writen by Jan Dlugosz (1415-1480). This comparative study highlights the values of previous works and the difficulties to get a complete view of the original manuscript. The Kuszaba blazon is mentioned several times with remarks about developments and alterations. This book ends with a summary n French.