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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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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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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
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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Georg Scheibelreiter, Wappen im Mittelalter, Darmstadt 2014

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27/05/2014
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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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
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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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
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 (vol. 9)

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18/04/2014
The Coat of Arms (vol. 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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