Many thanks to OUHS secretary, Priscilla Frost, for inviting us to attend an excellent lecture this evening by John Whitehead of Oriel College on "Hungary Ancient and Hungary Modern. The Crown and Lands of St Stephen." This was a tour-de-force of scholarship. One highlight for the present writer was the image of heraldry used as protest.
Here are the arms:
(HungaryAncient impaling Hungary Modern surmounted of the Holy Crown of St Stephen)
Traditionally the bars Argent refer to the four rivers the Duna (Danube), Tisza, Dráva, and Száva.
In 1920 this poster of protest appeared:
Hungary's assent to the Treaty of Trianon on 4 June 1920 ratified the decision of the victorious Entente powers to re-draw the country's borders. The treaty required Hungary to surrender more than two-thirds of its pre-war territories. Irredentism—the demand for return of lost territories—became a central “Maimed Hungary” theme in national politics. The mutilation of the ancient coat of arms captured this idea most effectively.
The Oxford University Heraldry Society lecture series continues and we are all welcome to sign up to join:
The next lecture is on May 6th at 6.30 on Heraldry and the Mayflower.