|"Nowy" in Period Heraldry|
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by Iago ab Adam (Mike Case)
Nowy appears to be a Breton invention. Research found no bars nor fesses nowy outside of Brittany. The earliest blazon found that describes these as "nowy" ("noues") is provided for the Matignon de Gouyon arms, in Extraict du livre de Navarre, 16th C French (Paris, BnF, ms. Français 32487), f. 33r (https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b9063216f).
Other period blazons found for them so far call them pumelees  or arrestees , though the one that uses pumelees draws the bars with multiple bumps, so there seems to have been some confusion by the artist. Typically drawn as something like two demi-roundels issuant from either side of the fess/bar, but the images found for Lestrelin seem to match the typical SCA emblazon of an outline like a roundel overlapping a fess.
The families with bars or fesses nowy are:
No known period examples were found of what we consider a cross nowy (according to both Parker, A Glossary of Terms Used in Heraldry, and Bruce Draconarius of Mistholme, The Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry).
The accedence of armorie, 1597, has one example of a crosse nowye, drawn with projections in the middle of each arm, as opposed to the center of the charge where the arms meet.  Parker describes this style as nowyed, distinct from nowy.
No examples found.
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