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PhD Project: Structure and Function of Medieval Armorials – Part 2

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19/12/2014
PhD Project: Structure and Function of Medieval Armorials – Part 2

In the last blogpost concerning my PhD project, I briefly sketched some of the starting points of my research. These remain largely unchanged, but I have refined my view on them. In this second blog post, I will highlight one of the approaches in my research on the structure and function of medieval armorials....
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Mythical Origins of Coats of Arms: A Brief Overview

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15/12/2014
Mythical Origins of Coats of Arms: A Brief Overview

Thanks a lot for all the responses I received following my request about heraldische Herkunftslegenden, as I am calling the very type of narrative that deals with the mythical origins of coats of arms. Your responses in emails and comments were crucial to the progress of my master's thesis, and they enable...
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[Publication:] François Boniface, Les Rois de la Fête de l’Épinette de Lille

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12/12/2014
[Publication:] François Boniface, Les  Rois  de la  Fête  de  l’Épinette de Lille

The well-known armorials of the Epinette reproduce with some differences a manuscript presented to the city council of Lille by Nicolas Tournemine and Jean de Villers in January 1566. The oldest version of these armorials, which may have served them as model, was drafted and painted by Gaspard Dubois, pursuivant of arms...
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Jenseitsvorsorge und ständische Repräsentation: Interdisziplinäre Erschließung der spätmittelalterlichen Totenschilde im Germanischen Nationalmuseum

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08/12/2014
Jenseitsvorsorge und ständische Repräsentation: Interdisziplinäre Erschließung der spätmittelalterlichen Totenschilde im Germanischen Nationalmuseum

See below for an English abstract of the contents of this post. Totenschilde wurden als Gedenktafeln für die verstorbenen männlichen Mitglieder des Adels und des ratsfähigen Bürgertums in Form runder, acht- oder rechteckiger Holztafeln im Kirchenraum aufgehängt. Das Germanische Nationalmuseum (GNM) verfügt mit 153 Totenschilden des 14. bis 17. Jahrhunderts über den...
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Evaluating armorials (IV) - Grünenberg, the unfortunate armorist

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03/12/2014
Evaluating armorials (IV) -  Grünenberg, the unfortunate armorist

The last post in the series on evaluating armorials is a case study of the famous Grünenberg armorial, in which different elements that have been discussed in the previous posts return.   There is one question that is seldom asked: How reliable is the studied armorial  – or to rephrase it: Can...
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[CfP:] Heraldry in the Medieval City: The Case of Italy in the European Context (Journées Héraldiques 5), Rome, 5th-7th May 2015

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01/12/2014
[CfP:] Heraldry in the Medieval City: The Case of Italy in the European Context (Journées Héraldiques 5), Rome, 5th-7th May 2015

(version française ci-dessous) A visitor passing through Italy is surprised by the abundance of coats of arms that still decorate the palaces and public monuments of its cities. Relatively undisturbed by the tides of history that destroyed a lot of Europe's heraldic heritage, in the Italian cities this heritage is still alive...
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Evaluating armorials (III) – Comparing armorials

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26/11/2014
Evaluating armorials (III) – Comparing armorials

In the first two parts of this series on evaluating armorials, many mistakes regarding coats of arms and legends have been discussed. This third part deals with the topic of comparing different armorials, and in this process the incorrect coats of arms prove to be quite useful. Comparing armorials can be important...
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Der Aldrevandin Beaker: Drei süddeutsche Wappen in mamlukischem Dekor

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24/11/2014
Der Aldrevandin Beaker: Drei süddeutsche Wappen in mamlukischem Dekor

Im British Museum wird eine Gruppe von bunt bemalten Glasgefäßen aus dem späten 13. und frühen 14. Jahrhundert aufbewahrt. Hierzu gehört auch ein gut erhaltenes Trinkglas, das um das Jahr 1330 von einem venezianischen Meister gefertigt wurde und im Zentrum der folgenden Betrachtungen stehen soll. Die Emaillierung des Glases zeigt drei...
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New resources from the Genealogical Office of Ireland

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21/11/2014
New resources from the Genealogical Office of Ireland

Thanks to one of our readers, who kindly sent us a message, we are able to add another resource to our growing collection of heraldic documents on the internet. The Chief Herald of Ireland has recently published a series of about 35 volumes, which are available as digitised copies on the website...
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Evaluating armorials (II) - Variant coats of arms

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19/11/2014
Evaluating armorials (II) - Variant coats of arms

The first part of these series on evaluating armorials dealt with the identification of coats of arms in armorials. It appeared that many armorials were copied and that copyists were prone to make mistakes. This sometimes leaves the researcher with different coats of arms for the same family. This post deals with...
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Dictionary of heraldic terms used in Steen Clemmensen’s ‘Evaluating armorials (II) - Variant coats of arms’

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19/11/2014
Dictionary of heraldic terms used in Steen Clemmensen’s ‘Evaluating armorials (II) - Variant coats of arms’

Steen Clemmensen’s blogpost contains some heraldic terms that might, for the uninitiated, look like a secret language. The purpose of these particular vocabulary and the fairly strict manner of describing a coats of arms (= blazoning), is that it should enable a reader or an artist to imagine and recreate a coat...
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[paper:] New perspectives on the armorial in the Schichtbuch (Elmar Hofman) - Wolfenbüttel 21 November 2014

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17/11/2014
[paper:] New perspectives on the armorial in the Schichtbuch (Elmar Hofman) - Wolfenbüttel 21 November 2014

The Schichtbuch is a renowned manuscript. Written in the 1510’s, it described the numerous civil revolts that struck Braunschweig in the Middle Ages. Various parts of this Schichtbuch have been subjected to thorough research, but there is one section that has been ignored by scholars: the armorial. That is a pity, since...
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Evaluating armorials (I) - Identifying coats of arms

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12/11/2014
Evaluating armorials (I) - Identifying coats of arms

Having edited a number of armorials and shown several of them to be dependent on the same sources, the editors of Heraldica Nova asked me: How does one evaluate an armorial and its contents? The short answer is by having common sense, lots of reference materials and treating armorials as non-verbal prose....
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How to evaluate medieval armorials and their contents? A new series of blogposts by Steen Clemmensen

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10/11/2014

For identifying medieval coats of arms, medieval armorials are very important sources. They have been transmitted to us in a fair number (for a list of digitised armorials see here on our blog), they are relatively easy accessible and – contrary to the other important source for coats of arms such as seals –...
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Redefining Heraldica Nova: New Stucture and Content

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21/10/2014
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New Heraldica Nova Heraldica Nova is a blog that wishes to create a platform for everybody interested in approaching medieval and early modern heraldry from a cultural-historical perspective. Next to hosting articles, publishing ideas and creating a platform for discussions, it aims to provide information and hints for people doing heraldic research. In...
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Report of the conference ‘Peintres et artistes heraldistes au Moyen Âge / Heraldic artists and painters in the Middle Ages’ – Poitiers 10-11 April 2014

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14/10/2014
Report of the conference ‘Peintres et artistes heraldistes au Moyen Âge / Heraldic artists and painters in the Middle Ages’ – Poitiers 10-11 April 2014

The fourth edition of the ‘Journées d’études héraldiques’ was dedicated to the heraldic artist. Well-known artists such as Donatello, the Limbourg brothers and Barthélemy van Eyck were engaged in heraldic and emblematic depictions, but most of the heraldic presentations were produced by a large number of artists that have been living under...
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Recent Publications: Update October 2014

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14/10/2014
Recent Publications: Update October 2014

In this first post of this section we listed books and articles concerning medieval and early modern heraldry published since the start of 2013. If you now any interesting publications that are not in this list, please let us know, so we can include them in the next update      ...
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[Intercultural Perspectives:] The Japanese Mon (I) - The Aim to Capture the Moment of Perfection

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30/09/2014
[Intercultural Perspectives:] The Japanese Mon (I) - The Aim to Capture the Moment of Perfection

The Japanese have been aiming to capture the perfect moment of the sakura (cherry-) blossom for hundreds of years now. Yet this aim is very difficult to achieve and in their eyes almost impossible. For that reason, they seek to find it every spring anew. But it is not just the sakura...
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Thorsten Hutwelker, Die Darstellung des Rangs in Wappen und Wappenrollen des späten Mittelalters

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28/09/2014
Thorsten Hutwelker, Die Darstellung des Rangs in Wappen und Wappenrollen des späten Mittelalters

Can one determine the rank of a person through his coats of arms? Can armorials be used to examine social hierarchy? These are the exciting questions posed by Thorsten Huthwelker in his book Die Darstellung des Rangs in Wappen und Wappenrollen des späten Mittelalters. He has chosen an interesting as well as...
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Héraldique et numismatique II

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22/09/2014
Héraldique et numismatique II

The second volume of Héraldique et numismatique, Moyen Age-Temps modernes is out now. Edited by Yvan Loskoutoff, this work deals with the interesting theme of the uses of heraldry on coins, medals and seals. It contains twelve contributions that treat the various aspects of this topic from the 12th to the 17th...
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[CfA]: Wer kennt mittelalterliche Wappensagen?

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11/09/2014

Eine wichtige Funktion der Heraldik war es, den Träger des jeweiligen Wappens in einen genealogischen Gesamtkontext einzureihen, um ihn auf diese Weise an den Ansprüchen und Taten seiner Vorfahren teilhaben zu lassen. In der Forschung ist zu lesen, dass dafür häufig Wappensagen, also die Herkunftslegende eines jeweiligen Wappens, verwendet wurden. Versucht man...
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Das Sachsenross im Wappen der Welfen: Das lange Leben einer Legende

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10/09/2014
Das Sachsenross im Wappen der Welfen: Das lange Leben einer Legende

Als im Jahre 1995 die Ausstellung „Tapfrer Heinrich, sei willkommen!“ im Herzog-Anton-Ulrich-Museum, Dom und Landesmuseum in Braunschweig eröffnete, schrieb Rolf Michaelis in der Einleitung eines Artikels der Tageszeitung DIE ZEIT (Nº 34/1995) über Heinrich den Löwen und eben jene Ausstellung folgendes: „Verwirrung total. ‚Der Löwe’ ist Ehrenname des Mannes, dessen persönliches Wappentier...
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To the Glory of God and Personal Pride. Monuments with Heraldic Programmes as Expression of Art Patronage in Late Medieval Transylvania

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27/07/2014
To the Glory of God and Personal Pride. Monuments with Heraldic Programmes as Expression of Art Patronage in Late Medieval Transylvania

Transylvania is one of the most eastern historical regions of Europe where from the Middle Ages heraldry was present in its whole complexity. Its connection to the Western Civilisation is furthermore demonstrated by the presence of its heraldic heritage in the great corpus on heraldry initiated by Johann Siebmacher (Das grosses und...
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Review on T. Huthwelker, Die Darstellung des Rangs in Wappen und Wappenrollen published on H-Soz-u-Kult

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23/07/2014

My review on Thorsten Huthwelker's study on the representation of rank in late medieaval coats of arms and armorials has been published yesterday on H-Soz-u-Kult, the central online information and communication platform for historians in the German-speaking area. In his study, Thorsten Huthwelker tries to answer the questions "In what way did...
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