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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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Le programme de recherche ARMMA (CESCM, Université de Poitiers). Pour un Armorial Monumental du Moyen Age

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02/07/2014
Le programme de recherche ARMMA (CESCM, Université de Poitiers). Pour un Armorial Monumental du Moyen Age

Dès le milieu du XIIIe siècle, les armoiries devinrent un élément omniprésent dans l’horizon visuel de l’homme médiéval. Elles apparaissaient sur tous types de supports et de bâtiments et étaient chargées de fonctions sémiotiques multiples, qui dépassaient largement la seule fonction d’identification des personnes. Les armoiries, isolées ou insérées dans des programmes...
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[paper:] Christof Rolker (Konstanz): Die Ordnung der Wappen. Zum sozialen Ort spätmittelalterlicher Wappenbücher, Historisches Seminar, Münster, 04.06.2014

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05/06/2014
[paper:] Christof Rolker (Konstanz): Die Ordnung der Wappen. Zum sozialen Ort spätmittelalterlicher Wappenbücher, Historisches Seminar, Münster, 04.06.2014

Am 4. Juni 2014 trug Christof Rolker im Forschungskolloquium “400-1500″ am Historischen Seminar der Universität Münster aus seinen aktuellen Arbeiten zu spätmittelalterlichen Wappenbüchern vor. In Zentrum stand dabei natürlich das Wappenbuch des Konrad Grünenberg, zu dem er hier auf dem Blog regelmäßig berichtet. Hier das Abstract zu seinem Vortrag: Spätmittelalterliche Wappenbücher, die...
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[Book review:] Georg Scheibelreiter, Wappen im Mittelalter, Darmstadt 2014

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27/05/2014
[Book review:] Georg Scheibelreiter, Wappen im Mittelalter, Darmstadt 2014

There is no shortage on introductions to heraldry. Recent publications by for example Václav Vok Filip and Georg Scheibelreiter himself were added to the bookshelf already filled with classics such as Galbreath/Jéquier’s Lehrbuch der Heraldik and Neubecker’s Wappen. This book, however, promises to be something different. It is not meant to be...
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[paper:] Lecture on the Armorial of Guillaume Revel by Mathieu Lescuyer and Olivier Matteoni at the Bibliothèque National de France, 27 May 2014

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27/05/2014
[paper:] Lecture on the Armorial of Guillaume Revel by Mathieu Lescuyer and Olivier Matteoni at the Bibliothèque National de France, 27 May 2014

The fifteenth century has witnessed the birth of many beautifully executed armorials, some of which are richly decorated, while others contain interesting literary and symbolic representations. In this group of armorials, the Armorial of Guillaume Revel (also known as the Armorial d’Auvergne, du Bourbonnais and du Forez) stands out. This book not...
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The Power of Pedigree: The Stewart Dynasty and the Foundations of Royal Authority (Katie Stevenson)

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11/05/2014
The Power of Pedigree: The Stewart Dynasty and the Foundations of Royal Authority (Katie Stevenson)

This project provides a new understanding of the ways in which history was created and utilised in late medieval Scotland  – a key period in the nation’s past, when it was fully independent and a significant power in Europe. It concentrates on the period between the accession of the first Stewart king...
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[paper:] Legends in doubt – the end of medieval heraldry in the 17th century: On the continuity of medieval imaginary in early modern thought (Torsten Hiltmann) – Krems an der Donau, 16 May 2014

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08/05/2014
[paper:] Legends in doubt – the end of medieval heraldry in the 17th century: On the continuity of medieval imaginary in early modern thought (Torsten Hiltmann) – Krems an der Donau, 16 May 2014

The proposed paper tries to offer new perspectives on the turn from the Middle Ages to modern times by not focusing on given events, but by considering the imaginary and the way of thinking during these times. This does not mean to just emphasise the medieval roots of those events which are...
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The Coat of Arms volume 9

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18/04/2014
The Coat of Arms volume 9

In the course of the last month a new issue of The Coat of Arms (CoA) was published and distributed to subscribers, bringing to completion volume 9. Of interest to followers of medieval and early modern heraldry in this volume are: Adrian Ailes on heraldic and other symbols of national identity on the Great Seals...
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Edition de l’armorial municipal «Compendio das Armas dos Reynos de Portugal & Algarve & das Cidades & Villas principaes deles»

Edition de l’armorial municipal «Compendio das Armas dos Reynos de Portugal & Algarve & das Cidades & Villas principaes deles»

L’armorial Compendio das Armas dos Reynos de Portugal & Algarve & das Cidades & Villas principaes deles (Compendium des Armes des Royaumes de Portugal & Algarve & de leurs Cités & Villes principales), oeuvre inédite de Cristóvão Alão de Morais, vient d’être publié par le Centro Lusíada de Estudos Genealógicos e Heráldicos (Universidade Lusíada...
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Essbare Wappen II: Lebkuchen und Marzipan als Medien der Wappendarstellung

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08/04/2014
Essbare Wappen II: Lebkuchen und Marzipan als Medien der Wappendarstellung

In dem “Hausbuch der Landauerschen Zwölfbrüderstiftung” aus dem Jahre 1520 lässt sich die Abbildung einer erstaunlichen Form von Wappendarstellungen finden (Siehe Abb. 1): Der Lebküchner Hanns Buel begutachtet hier einen frisch gebackenen Lebkuchen mit kritischem Blick. Deutlich sind auf dem Lebkuchen sowohl in seinen Händen als auch auf denen, die neben ihm...
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PhD project “Structure and function of medieval armorials” – The kick-off

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20/03/2014
PhD project “Structure and function of medieval armorials” – The kick-off

Torsten Hiltmann’s innovative project on late medieval coats of arms has a subproject attached to it called ‘Struktur und Funktion mittelalterlicher Wappenbücher’. Some of the faithful followers of this blog might remember the vacancy that has been posted on this site a couple of months ago. This has recently been filled. I...
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Konkretes Abbild oder abstrakte Vorstellung? Zur Interpretation des Wappenfrieses im Festsaal des Kardinals Gaillard de La Motte in Avignon (Les fastes du cardinal Gaillard de La Motte)

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10/03/2014
Konkretes Abbild oder abstrakte Vorstellung? Zur Interpretation des Wappenfrieses im Festsaal des Kardinals Gaillard de La Motte in Avignon (Les fastes du cardinal Gaillard de La Motte)

Zum ersten Mal in der Kirchengeschichte wurde im Jahr 1334 die Stadt Avignon zum Austragungsort einer Papstwahl, obwohl bereits 25 Jahre zuvor unter Clemens V. die päpstliche Residenz dorthin verlegt worden war. Seinem Neffen, dem ebenfalls aus Bordeaux stammenden Gaillard de La Motte wurde als Kardinal und Apostolischer Protonotar die Ehre zuteil,...
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Programme: Heraldic artists and painters in the Middle Ages / Peintres et artistes héraldistes au Moyen Age (Poitiers, 10-11 April 2014)

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28/02/2014
Programme: Heraldic artists and painters in the Middle Ages / Peintres et artistes héraldistes au Moyen Age (Poitiers, 10-11 April 2014)

When it comes to heraldic depictions in the Middle Ages, the role of the artists has been neglected for a long time. However, it is well known that the most famous painters and sculptors of their time were commissioned to carry out such depictions that played an important part in the public...
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Jones, Tanja (Tuscaloosa, AL): Vivified Heraldry: On Pisanello’s Medallic Imagery

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27/02/2014

Analyses of the earliest cast portrait medals, produced by Pisanello from the late 1430s through the 1440s, often focus on identifying ancient numismatic sources for the imagery found on the small, sculpted works of art, a pursuit consonant with the traditional identification of the objects as reviving antique traditions of personal commemoration....
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Savorelli, Alessandro (Pise): L’héraldique “naturaliste” des Della Robbia à Florence et en Toscane

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27/02/2014

Les Della Robbia (Luca, 1399-1482, Andrea, 1435-1525, Giovanni, 1469-1529) sont une famille d’artistes parmi les plus importantes et célèbres du Rinascimento. Sculpteurs et céramistes, ils diffusèrent la technique de la « terracotta invetriata » (la terre cuite émaillée). Leurs produits, d’une élégance et superbe luminosité, marquèrent le territoire et les villes de la Toscane pendant un siècle....
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Clemmensen, Steen (Farum): Armorials as commercial ventures?

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26/02/2014

A substantial number of late medieval armorials can be placed in six groups, and all appear to be desk works, not field notes. Their structure, form of manufacture and the relationships between members place them as candidates for being products of the commercial book business. Targeting a wider audience is evident for...
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Andreas Zajic (Vienne): arma in ipsa cedula depicta. L’influence des bénéficiaires sur la conception des armoiries et l’exécution des décors enluminé dans les concessions d’armoiries impériales au XVe siècle

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26/02/2014

Dans leur étude des procédés d’expédition des actes de la chancellerie impériale, la plupart des manuels allemands de diplomatique et des études spécialisées se sont concentrés sur la période du Moyen Âge central. Jusqu’ici pourtant, la naissance d’un nouveau type de chartes impériales au cours du XIVe siècle, les lettres de concession...
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Roland, Martin (Vienna): Illuminated charters, heraldry and artistic excellence

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26/02/2014

Artistic quality is not necessary in order to be considered a good heraldic painter. Too much creative transformation is not what a patron seeks when he orders a coat of arms. Such is the standard opinion, and this is true within the field of illuminated charters as well. But standard explanations are...
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Bessero, Anne-Sophie (Paris): Les fournisseurs d’armoiries funéraires au XVIe siècle

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25/02/2014

Lors des funérailles, le décor héraldique était omniprésent : du cercueil aux accessoires, des housses de chevaux aux murs des églises, … Ce décor participait à la glorification du défunt et mettait l’accent sur la continuité lignagère. Les comptes de funérailles nous donnent des indications sur les armoiries utilisées : qui les fournissaient,...
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Lupescu, Radu (Cluj): Heraldic commissions in architectural context: The architectural workshop of Cluj in the fifteenth century

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25/02/2014

The present paper will focus on a particular workshop which seems that was involved in the production of armorial bearings displayed in different architectural context. In the mid-fifteenth century several arms displayed on public and private buildings has appeared in Transylvania and some of them shows identical stylistic and structural features. They...
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Blanchard, Jean-Christophe (Nancy): Georges Gresset, peintre et héraut d’armes des ducs de Lorraine (…1523-1559)

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24/02/2014

Georges Gresset, fils d’un peintre-verrier, commença sa carrière comme peintre du duc Antoine (1508-1544). De 1523 à 1538, ce prince lui alloue à ce titre une pension régulièrement mentionnée dans la comptabilité ducale. A partir de 1539, c’est en tant que héraut d’armes qu’il est pensionné. Parallèlement Georges Gresset est défrayé pour...
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Gentile, Luisa Clotilde (Turin): Artistes, hérauts et héraldique de part et d’autre des Alpes Occidentales

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24/02/2014

La zone entre la Savoie et le Piémont offre une perspective intéressante pour l’étude des relations entre les artistes et l’héraldique. Ici, l’artiste pouvait exercer sa profession dans des contextes sociaux et politiques différents : cours princières, bourgs et châteaux féodaux, villes d’ancienne tradition communale. Dans cette zone frontalière, sous l’influence du monde...
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Concerning the contributions to the workshop “The History of Heralds in Europe” …

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24/02/2014

For the contributions to the workshop “The History of Heralds in Europe (12th-18th c.). State of the art and new perspectives” (Münster, 26-28 March 2014), please see the special blog that supports this workshop and book project: http://heralds.hypotheses.org/
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Konrad Grünenberg’s Wappenbuch VII: The Zurich manuscript

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23/02/2014
Konrad Grünenberg’s Wappenbuch VII: The Zurich manuscript

The Zurich manuscript (Zürich, Zentralbibliothek ms. A 42) is an unknown version of the Grünenberg armorial from the early 16th century. The manuscript has not attracted much scholarly attention, neither on its own nor in the context of Grünenberg‛s armorial. In the nineteenth century, Ludwig Stantz (the owner of the Grünenberg manuscript...
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