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Recent publications – Update December 2016

We are approaching the final days of 2016 and this calls for an update in our recent publications section. This list contains publications on heraldry as well as articles and books in which heraldry plays a supportive part. It provides an overview of interesting reads that have been published since our last update, including recent publications that we missed last time but definitely deserve mentioning. Thanks to the support...

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Richental-Rezeption in der Frühen Neuzeit: Ein weiterer Handschriftenfund

Das Wappenbuch, das mit der Richental-Chronik überliefert wurde, darf als eines der einflussreichsten Wappenbücher des Mittelalters gelten. Zu den offensichtlicheren Gründen dafür gehören seine frühe Entstehung (unter den universalen Wappenbüchern war es eines der frühesten, unter denen des frühen 15. Jahrhunderts eines der universalsten), das frühe Datum des Erstdrucks (1483) und sicher auch der Entstehungsort – im Oberrheingebiet entstanden nun einmal viele der großen Wappensammlungen, von denen viele (auch)...

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An Armorial Cushion for Count John of Nassau-Saarbrücken as a Knight of the ‘Ordre du Croissant’ of King René of Anjou

René of Anjou (1409–1480) was the ruler of a vast complex of territories dispersed over parts of France. Being the titular king of Sicily and Jerusalem his courtly representation was particularly splendorous as René furthered chivalric culture in many ways. In 1447/48, he founded the Order of the Crescent.1 René had religious motives for this move, in the first place his veneration of St Mauritius of Agaune, but he...

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Show me a coat-of-arms: The Lyncenich armorial.

Elmar Hofman recently summarized a number of research problems concerning medieval armorials, among which were: by whom and for what purpose(s) were they made (https:/heraldica.hypotheses.org/4901 on 20/09/2016)? Though I know that Elmar does put great importance on knowing both content and context of any armorial studied, I felt that for the casual reader, he somewhat underplayed the descriptive work needed before any serious discussion can take place. That was...

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[CfP] State-Rooms of Royal and Princely Palaces in Europe (14th-16th c.): Spaces, Images, Rituals – Lisbon/Sintra, 15-17 March 2017

From the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, European monarchies saw a gradual centralisation of power. This was accompanied by the dissemination of political ideas that contributed to the making of a new image of the prince, which relied on visual instruments to assert and construct the prince’s sovereign power. Royal and princely residences were at the centre of this phenomenon. In these privileged spaces, the sovereign accommodated an expanding...

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[Project:] Imaginäre Wappen im deutsch- und französischsprachigen Raum, 13. – 16. Jahrhundert / Les armoiries imaginaires dans l’espace germanophone et francophone, XIIIe – XVIe siècles

Im Zentrum des Dissertationsprojektes (Universität Heidelberg/EHESS Paris) stehen Wappen, die im Deutschen gemeinhin als „Phantasie-“ oder „Fabelwappen“, in Anlehnung an die französische Heraldik auch als „imaginäre Wappen“ bezeichnet werden. Die jüngere Forschung definierte die armoiries imaginaires als Wappenzuschreibungen an Personen oder Gestalten, die das ihnen zugesprochene Wappen nachweislich und aus bestimmten Gründen nie haben führen können[1]. Wappen dieser Zuordnung haben in der heraldischen Forschung lange Zeit ein Nischendasein geführt....

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Florence and its Signs, part 2: The Heraldic Diagram of another Florentine Guild and the Bossolo

In my previous text on this blog, entitled ‘Florence and its Signs: A Late Mediaeval Diagram of the City’ (https://heraldica.hypotheses.org/4880) I presented the heraldic diagram painted at the main vault of the Palace of Judges’ and Notaries’ Guild. I proposed to interpret this image as ‘a peculiar visual political treatise’, main function of which was to legitimise the hierarchy of communities and the city’s political system. A confirmation of...

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The Arms of the Florentine Republic in the “Bossolo” (End XIV s.): An Ideal Self-Representation of the Town

In “Florence and its Signs: A Late Mediaeval Diagram of the City”, Anna Pomierny Wąsińska described a fresco painted by Jacopo di Cione on the main vault of the Palace of the Judges’ and Notaries’ Florentine Guild (about 1360)1. She pointed out the close relation between the heraldic signs with an ideal ‘diagram’ of the town, formed of concentric circles and conceived as a «peculiar visual political treatise, which legitimises...

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[paper] Tania Levy: L’héraldique dans la ville, l’exemple de Lyon – Paris, 13 octobre 2016

La ville de Lyon des années 1500 présente un visage bien particulier, point de départ des expéditions italiennes, ville de séjour des rois et surtout cité de consuls parfois soucieux de leur indépendance. À cette époque – mais déjà dès la fin du XIVe siècle – les armoiries urbaines apparaissent régulièrement à certains endroits stratégiques. La place accordée aux armoiries doit ainsi être interrogée : où figurent-elles dans la...

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The Bavarian Charlemagne: Communicating through attributed coats of arms

The series of Bavarian princes in a late 15th-century manuscript contains an interesting coat of arms attributed to Charlemagne. It differs slightly from the common design of his arms. This subtle variation can open a door to more insights into the function of coats of arms as a performative means of communication. Charlemagne’s arms This coat of arms of Charlemagne consists of three elements: per pale, the dexter half Or, a double-headed...

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Das “Performanz der Wappen”-Projekt auf dem Historikertag 2016 (#Histag16)

Morgen startet in Hamburg der 51. Deutsche Historikertag. Auch unser von der VolkswagenStiftung gefördertes Projekt “Die Performanz der Wappen” wird mit dabei sein. Und das gleich doppelt. Zum einen wird Elmar Hofman im Rahmen der Posterausstellung des Doktorandenforums sein Dissertationsprojekt zu mittelalterlichen Wappenbüchern vorstellen. Zum anderen organisiere ich gemeinsam mit Mareike König (DHI Paris) eine Sektion und eine Posterausstellung/-session zum Thema “Was sind Digital Humanities”. Bei der Posterausstellung bin ich auch mit einem eigenen...

The main vault of the guild’s meeting and judiciary hall of the Palace of the Judges’ and Notaries’ Guild
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Florence and its Signs: A Late Mediaeval Diagram of the City

In the 1360s the abstract portrayal of Florence was painted by Jacopo di Cione on the main vault of the Palace of the Judges’ and Notaries’ Guild[i]. This heraldic diagram is a peculiar visual political treatise, which legitimises the hierarchy of communities and the city’s political system. To this end, an unusual synthesis of knowledge was used, merging aspects of perception of the communal law, relevant political treatises and,...