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Bellenville’s two armorials

The »Bellenville« armorial is one of the most famous and admired of the Middle Ages. Its production context however remains shrouded in mystery. This brief blogpost discusses the relations between its two main sections and demonstrates how focus on the material aspects of the manuscript can clarify a somewhat confusing statement in the most recent heraldic edition of the armorial. The manuscript The manuscript with the »Bellenville« armorial consists...

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Out now! Editing armorials. Cooperation, knowledge and approach by late medieval practitioners

The title of these books can be interpreted both actively and passively. The active form is when one or more manuscripts are being transcribed, the arms identified and commented on, and the whole analyzed and published. Less effort may suffice and leave the armorial as just a listing of transcribed items with or without identification. More or less critical editions have been published over the years and more are...

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Heraldry in the royal palace of Sintra: ‘In the Service of the Crown’ project on national TV in Portugal

The show Visita Guiada (‘Guided Visit’) by Portuguese journalist Paula Moura Pinheiro is currently the most popular program of Portugal’s public broadcasting channel RTP 2. Every week, a Portuguese monument of cultural importance is presented by a specialist, generally a historian. Last week, the chosen monument was the royal palace in Sintra and its sala dos brasões (‘hall of coats of arms’). It was presented by Miguel Metelo de...

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[CfA:] You can contribute to Heraldica Nova, too!

We are very happy to say that Heraldica Nova is becoming more and more popular amongst the international community of heraldists, historians, and enthusiasts engaging with heraldry in the medieval and early-modern era. In March, we were able to welcome over 9,000 unique visitors! Of course, this interest would not be possible without the fascinating contributions and invaluable comments of people  from around the world that have made Heraldic...

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Recent publications – Update May 2017

Books Barbattini, R., M. Ghirardi and G. Giovinazzo, Api delle città. La figura dell’ape nell’araldica civica italiana (San Godenzo, 2016) Büchner, Robert, Das Münchner Boten- und Wappenbuch vom Arlberg (Frankfurt, 2016) Fragale, Luca Irwin, Microstoria e Araldica di Calabria Citeriore e di Cosenza. Da fonti documentarie inedite (Milano, 2016) Articles and chapters Barovier Mentasti, R., L. Borelli, C. Tonini, ‘Dating the Venetian Rovere Flask at The Corning Museum of...

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[CfA:] 1st International Congress on Heraldry – 1er Congrès International sur l’Héraldique – May 13/14, 2017 (Programme)

The programme of the 1st International Congress on Heraldry is now available. The conference will take place in the Sala degli Avi of Palazzo Altieri, Oriolo Romano (Viterbo), on Saturday 13 May 2017. On the following day, Sunday 14 May, there will be the Simposio annuale sull’attualità dell’araldica. See the full programme on the poster below.  

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[Question:] Dear heraldists, we need your input: How did you learn to blazon?

Dear heraldists, dear fellow researchers, As a part of my studies, I am looking at concepts of ‚proper‘ blazon in general, and differences and parallels between the English, French, and German systems and traditions of blazoning in particular. For example, I plan to do some work on the ways in which heraldic ordinaries and charges are categorised and the rationale behind these categorisations. In this context, I am curious...

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A dream’s armorial: The heraldic paintings of the Galleria dei Papi in Oriolo Romano (Viterbo, Italy)

In central Italy, between Rome and Viterbo, a land of forests frequented and feared for millennia[1] includes a town of dreams. This is Oriolo Romano, built in 1562 by the roman nobleman Giorgio Santacroce who gave stable accommodation to the seasonal huts of lumberjacks by a new town in line with Renaissance ideals. Three parallel streets converge on the square of the princely building in a trident structure similar to...

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Weder Schild noch Wappen? Zur Suggestivkraft präheraldischer Handschriftenilluminationen

  Während der Quellenrecherche zu einer Seminararbeit zu den Anfängen des Wappenwesens stieß ich auf eine faszinierende heraldische Bildquelle, die mich aufgrund meines Erkenntnisinteresses zunächst zu einer gravierenden Fehlinterpretation verleitete, aber letztlich doch vieles über den Umgang mit Bildern als Quelle gelehrt hat. Ich betrachtete zunächst Handschriftenilluminationen, deren Digitalisate in großen französischen und englischsprachigen Bilddatenbanken mittlerweile frei zugänglich sind, darunter zum Beispiel Mandragore, Enluminures, Initiale, Gallica der Digital Catalogue of...

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A world (map) of coat of arms: Richental’s mappamundi

The Aulendorf copy of Richental’s chronicle, today preserved in New York, is rightly famous as an important textual witness not only of the chronicle but also the armorial transmitted with the latter (see https://heraldica.hypotheses.org/2854 on the manuscript and the coats of arms it contains). Today, I would like to draw attention to a slightly hidden feature of the Aulendorf manuscript, namely the mappamundi it contains – a so-called ‘T-O...

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[Paper:] Jean-Luc Liez: Blason et œuvre d’art, une identification évidente ? – Paris, 16 mars 2017

Une conférence organisée par la Société française d’héraldique et de sigillographie (SFHS).   Lieu: Archives nationales, « Salle d’albâtre » du CARAN – 11, rue des Quatre Fils, Paris 75003   Date: 16 mars 2017, Entrée libre à 17 heures, dans la limite des places disponibles

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[Paper:] Marie Koehn (Strasbourg, F / Münster, D): Décor de table et mise en scène du pouvoir princière. Le mariage de Charles le Téméraire (1468)

Charles le Téméraire est connu pour son déploiement de faste représentatif ; la cour de Bourgogne marque l’apogée de la culture de cour au moyen âge. Pour manifester le pouvoir et l’autonomie de la jeune dynastie entre la France et le Saint Empire et pour unifier un territoire très hétérogène, le Duc de Bourgogne mit en place une autoreprésentation élaborée et splendide tout au long de son règne. Les...