Now Anne Morddel has written an interesting article (in English) about coats of arms in France. What I really like is that she tells how to check the validity of French coats of arms, using a number of resources available in the Cabinet des Titres that has been microfilmed and can be viewed at the Richelieu building at Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris.
I especially enjoyed her report of the fraudulent work of Jean de Launay, who was put to death for selling fake arms and fake "proofs" of nobility. Maybe we should use the same punishment today for anyone selling bogus so-called "family coats of arms."
You can read Anne Morddel's article, The Cabinet des Titres, at http://goo.gl/bpUVj.
My thanks to newsletter reader Pauline Cusson for telling me about this resource.