A charge is defined
as, "anything borne on a coat of arms, whether upon the field ...
or upon an ordinary, or indeed upon another charge." (Gough
& Parker, page 102) We have included ordinaries within the Table
of Contents for the charges as they are in fact borne upon the field of
many coats of arms.
The various charges
have been divided between those which represent animate charges and those
which represent inanimate charges. Within these two broad categories,
the charges have been further divided be types.