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Gavin Alexander

Gavin Alexander is a Reader in the Faculty of English at Cambridge University and the author of Writing after Sidney (OUP, 2006).

‘Blazon’ – essay by Gavin Alexander

Who said anything about hurting you? Weren’t you just talking to yourself? A blazon is a shield, on which you might display the armorial bearings that tell the viewer who you are. The word interacted in the sixteenth century with the verb blaze, to blow (a trumpet, for example), to proclaim, so that...

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