Shield of Light: The Making and Logic of Heraldic Schemes in English Medieval Stained Glass c.1380-1560 – Oliver Fearon (York)

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06/07/2015
Shield of Light: The Making and Logic of Heraldic Schemes in English Medieval Stained Glass c.1380-1560 – Oliver Fearon (York)

The planning and making of series of heraldic shields in medieval England is likely to have confronted medieval artists and patrons with unusual demands. As images that brought with them the weight of ancestral history, the commissioning of heraldic projects might require a patron’s historical and genealogical knowledge as much as the skills of...
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Wappenbuch Richental VI: Die Ettenheimer Handschrift

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29/06/2015
Wappenbuch Richental VI: Die Ettenheimer Handschrift

Die sogenannte Ettenheimer Handschrift der Richental-Chronik (heute in Karlsruhe; Sigle E) scheint auf den ersten Blick kein wichtiger Textzeuge für eine Untersuchung von Richentals Wappenbuchs zu sein, denn sie enthält so gut wie gar keine Wappen. Dennoch ist sie ein aufschlussreicher Textzeuge, um das stemma codicum zu rekonstruieren (auch für das Wappenbuch) und allgemeiner,...
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[Report:] Heraldry in the Medieval City: The Case of Italy in the European Context, Rome 5-7 May 2015

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22/06/2015
[Report:] Heraldry in the Medieval City:  The Case of Italy in the European Context,  Rome 5-7 May 2015

On 5-7 May the École française de Rome was home to the fifth workshop in the conference series Journées Héraldiques. This time the conference was dedicated to the topic of ‘Heraldry in the Medieval City’. The event was opened by the organizers LAURENT HABLOT and TORSTEN HILTMANN, who introduced the key points of this...
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The Coat of Arms 11 (2015) part 1

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18/06/2015
The Coat of Arms 11 (2015) part 1

A new issue of The Coat of Arms (CoA), journal of The Heraldry Society, is published and distributed this week. Of interest to medieval heraldry are articles by Sir John Baker on early heraldic harness pendants (drawing for illustration on his own collection of these items; shown here a pendant found at Fincham in...
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Wappenbuch Richental V: Die Prager Handschrift

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15/06/2015
Wappenbuch Richental V: Die Prager Handschrift

Die zweispaltig angelegte Prager Papierhandschrift (Sigle: Pr; zu den Siglen siehe hier) stammt, wie G und St1, aus der Werkstatt Gebhard Dachers und ist von diesem selbst auf 1464 datiert worden. Aufgrund des ähnlichen Textes und v.a. der Erzählperspektive werden A und Pr zusammen als „Handschriftengruppe I“ gezählt (Kautzsch 1894). Die Ähnlichkeit zu A...
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[Paper:] Emmanuel de Boos, Quelle date pour le Tournoi de Compiègne ?

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11/06/2015
[Paper:] Emmanuel de Boos, Quelle date pour le Tournoi de Compiègne ?

The Société française d’heraldique et de sigillographie invites anyone interest to attend a paper by Emmanuel de Boos that is going to pose brand-new perspectives on the question ‘When was the Tournament of Compiègne?’. Following the Armorial Beyeren, the Tournament of Compiègne was believed to have taken place in 1238. However, an enquiry by...
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Historiography, Heraldry and Noble Identity: Armorial Münster and the Urban Environment of a Noble Patron

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08/06/2015
Historiography, Heraldry and Noble Identity: Armorial Münster and the Urban Environment of a Noble Patron

On 20-21 May 2015, four young scholars from the Belgian universities of Antwerp, Ghent and Leuven had organized a conference entitled ‘Towards New Thinking In Urban Historiography: Old Texts, New Approaches. A Reconsideration of Urban Historical Consciousness in Northwest Europe’. The conference took place in the formidable location of the Groeninge Museum in Bruges,...
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[Paper:] Marcus Meer (Münster), Signs of Identity, Signs of the City: Heraldic Display of Urban Identity in the Augsburg Chronicle and the Gossembrot Armorial

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04/06/2015
[Paper:] Marcus Meer (Münster), Signs of Identity, Signs of the City: Heraldic Display of Urban Identity in the Augsburg Chronicle and the Gossembrot Armorial

The Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle (2012) also features an article on ‘Heraldry’. Unfortunately, however, in this article the relation of heraldry to historiography is largely limited to its place as a ‘border decoration’ of manuscripts and a ‘means of identifying’ the author, commissioner or owner of a chronicle. In my presentation I would...
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[CfA:] Digital Heraldry: Digitisation and Dissemination of the European Heraldic Heritage

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31/05/2015
[CfA:] Digital Heraldry: Digitisation and Dissemination of the European Heraldic Heritage

Heraldry is a historical phenomenon that is unique to Europe, and therefore heraldry constitutes a crucial part of a mutual European cultural identity. From Scandinavia to Cyprus, from Portugal to Romania, throughout France, Germany, Poland, Italy—after its emergence in the twelfth century, heraldry had soon spread across almost the entire continent. Coats of arms...
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Wappenbuch Richental IV: Die Stuttgarter Handschrift

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25/05/2015
Wappenbuch Richental IV: Die Stuttgarter Handschrift

 Die (erste) Stuttgarter Handschrift (Sigle: St1; zu den Siglen siehe hier) stammt, wie G und Pr, aus der Werkstatt Gebhard Dachers. Anders als diese enthält St1 nur eine Kurzform der Richentalchronik – und kein Wappenbuch. Dennoch ist sie für das Verständnis der Wappen in der Richentalchronik aufschlussreich. Die Kurzfassung der Richental-Chronik ist in St1...
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« Flos florum flore, Florencia »: l’épanouissement du lys florentin

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19/05/2015
« Flos florum flore, Florencia »: l’épanouissement du lys florentin

L’emblème de Florence, la fleur de lys, a longtemps été l’objet de commentaires, tant de la part des spécialistes de l’héraldique que des historiens de la culture visuelle toscane. Elle a de nouveau constitué l’un des axes de réflexion de l’exposition sur l’art civique du Trecento qui s’est tenue à la Galleria dell’Accademia à...
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L’emploi des signes héraldiques dans les milieux urbains du Pays Basque comme forme de distinction sociale (1480-1550)

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18/05/2015
L’emploi des signes héraldiques dans les milieux urbains du Pays Basque comme forme de distinction sociale (1480-1550)

Emblèmes et signes héraldiques sont un marqueur social très important pour comprendre le temps historique d’un pays. Ceci est aussi le cas dans le Pays Basque, mais il s’agit d’un élément qui est passé inaperçu chez les historiens, plus préoccupés par d’autres questions. Les études d’héraldique font parties des grands absents de l’historiographie basque...
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[Paper:] Elmar Hofman (Münster), What is an armorial? Presentation in Münster, 20 May

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15/05/2015
[Paper:] Elmar Hofman (Münster), What is an armorial? Presentation in Münster, 20 May

Everybody agrees that the Bellenville manuscript is an armorial. It exclusively consists of collections of coats of arms. However, manuscripts are often not as homogenous as Bellenville. Some works we regard as armorials do not only hold collections of coats of arms, but texts and images as well, while other works with text, images...
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[Paper:] Andreas Rehberg (Rome) : Heraldry in municipal Rome – some reflections on a scarcely studied topic

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05/05/2015
[Paper:] Andreas Rehberg (Rome) : Heraldry in municipal Rome – some reflections on a scarcely studied topic

Even though the Eternal City today looks like a city particularly rich in heraldry, this first impression is due to the abundant use of heraldry from the sixteenth century onwards, employed as a baroque means of self-representation by the ecclesiastical estates (especially popes and cardinals) within the city’s space and its churches. In the...
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Konrad Grünenberg IX: Die Editionen

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04/05/2015
Konrad Grünenberg IX: Die Editionen

Konrad Grünenbergs Wappenbuch ist im deutschen Sprachraum seit dem späten 19. Jahrhundert berühmt, und wurde in den Jahrzehnten um 1900 mit Superlativen geradezu überhäuft – das größte, schönste, wichtigste, prächtigste Wappenbuch des Mittelalters wurde es genannt. Vieles davon hängt mit der Geschichte des Berliner Codex zusammen, dessen Erwerb durch das Preußische Heroldsamt 1841 einen...
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[Paper:] Paul-François Broucke (Amiens), Décors héraldiques et architecture sacrée dans la cité. L’exemple du duché de Bretagne à la fin du Moyen ge (XIVe – XVe siècles)

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04/05/2015
[Paper:] Paul-François Broucke (Amiens), Décors héraldiques et architecture sacrée dans la cité. L’exemple du duché de Bretagne à la fin du Moyen  ge (XIVe – XVe siècles)

Parmi les espaces européens au sein desquels l’héraldique s’est épanouie dans ses développements les plus féconds, la Bretagne des ducs de la maison de Montfort aux XIVe et XVe siècles tient une place éminente. En particulier, le goût immodéré de la noblesse pour les droits honorifiques et les prééminences d’église armoriées, a légué à...
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[Paper:] Luigi Tufano (Turin), I segni della fidelitas del nobile: Scudo regio e committenza nobiliare tra devozione e propaganda – Il caso dei Carafa nella Napoli del Quattrocento

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01/05/2015
[Paper:] Luigi Tufano (Turin), I segni della fidelitas del nobile: Scudo regio e committenza nobiliare tra devozione e propaganda – Il caso dei Carafa nella Napoli del Quattrocento

In this paper the use of Aragonese coat of arms in the noble commission of Diomede Carafa (1406-1487), count of Maddaloni and right-hand man of Ferrante, will be analyzed, not as the expression of conceptual proximity to the Crown but as the vehicle of a large-scale effort political speech. In Naples the custom of...
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[Paper:] Marc von der Höh (Bochum), Heraldry and the City – the case of Cologne (13th-15th century)

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30/04/2015
[Paper:] Marc von der Höh (Bochum), Heraldry and the City – the case of Cologne (13th-15th century)

Die Heraldik einer der größten Städte nördlich der Alpen ist bislang nicht Gegenstand einer methodisch und theoretisch zufriedenstellenden Untersuchung gewesen. Der vorgeschlagene Vortrag wird Ergebnisse einer langjährigen Beschäftigung mit der heraldischen Praxis im mittelalterlichen Köln bündeln. Dabei werden drei Aspekte besonders in den Fokus genommen: Zunächst die materialgebundene Rekonstruktion des spezifischen Zeichensystems der bürgerlichen...
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[Paper:] Luisa Gentile (Turin), L’héraldique dans les villes des Lombards

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29/04/2015

Les opérateurs économiques du nord de l’Italie, qui étaient connus dans toute l’Europe médiévale comme « Lombards », mirent en place entre la fin du XIIe siècle et celle du XVIe un vaste réseau de petites sociétés financières, qui faisaient crédit à toutes les classes sociales. Les médiévistes européens et italiens (surtout l’école du...
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[Paper:] Christoph Dartmann (Münster/Hamburg), Heraldry as element of the visual culture of late medieval Italian cities

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28/04/2015
[Paper:] Christoph Dartmann (Münster/Hamburg), Heraldry as element of the visual culture of late medieval Italian cities

The density of heraldic imagery in the Italian cities of the Late Middle Ages is the result of an interaction between different aspects: The cities are places where a large number of noble families live together in a situation of permanent competition. The fierce competition of the families leads to aggressive strategies of visualization...
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[CfA:] Heraldry and Piracy in an Age of Chivalry: The Jurisdiction of the Constable and Marshal(s) and of the Admiralty in Later Medieval England and France (Conference at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, 4-5 June 2015)

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27/04/2015
[CfA:] Heraldry and Piracy in an Age of Chivalry: The Jurisdiction of the Constable and Marshal(s) and of the Admiralty in Later Medieval England and France (Conference at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, 4-5 June 2015)

Under the presidency of the Constable and Marshal of England, the Court of Chivalry heard cases that arose out of acts of war, including disputes over rights in prisoners and their ransoms as well as about rights to particular coats of arms. It also took cognisance of appeals of treason, in which battle was...
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[Paper:] Elena Paulino Montero (Madrid/Florence) & Alicia Inés Montero Málaga (Madrid), L’héraldique nobiliaire dans une cité du domaine royal – le cas des Velasco à Burgos au milieu du XVe siècle

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24/04/2015
[Paper:] Elena Paulino Montero (Madrid/Florence) & Alicia Inés Montero Málaga (Madrid), L’héraldique nobiliaire dans une cité du domaine royal – le cas des Velasco à Burgos au milieu du XVe siècle

Les Velasco furent une des familles nobles les plus puissantes de Castille au bas Moyen-Âge. Leur seigneurie s’étendait dans le nord du royaume, zone au sein de laquelle se détache la ville de Burgos, caput Castellae et cité marchande de premier ordre. Cette ville, où ils s’installèrent définitivement au milieu du XVe siècle, présentait...
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[Paper:] Marta Gomes dos Santos (Coimbra),Heraldry in Portuguese Medieval Towns: A unique context?

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22/04/2015
[Paper:] Marta Gomes dos Santos (Coimbra),Heraldry in Portuguese Medieval Towns: A unique context?

The aim of this paper is to analyse the practice and usage of municipal heraldry in Portuguese towns from the first known municipal town seal in 1205 to the beginning of a new reign in 1495, a watershed moment for Portuguese heraldry. Through an already concluded collection and classification of extant sources (sigillographic, monumental...
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Wappenbuch Richental III: Die Konstanzer Handschrift

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20/04/2015
Wappenbuch Richental III: Die Konstanzer Handschrift

Wie Christof Rolker bereits in seinem Eingangspost schrieb, unterscheiden sich die verschiedenen Handschriften der Chronik des Konstanzer Konzils wesentlich. Neben der Aulendorfer Handschrift A stellt die Konstanzer Handschrift K eine der wichtigsten Handschriften für die Forschung dar. Sie ist die einzige heute noch in Konstanz – im Rosgartenmuseum unter der Signatur Hs. 1 –...
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