Digitised Armorials

A growing number of libraries and archives place digitised versions of manuscripts with armorials online. This provides a great possibility to look at an expanding repertoire of armorials from right behind your screen. Below you will find a list of these sources. To access the scan, click on the web links attached to each. While we hope to provide links to all genuine digitised armorials from the Middle Ages, we still welcome suggestions on armorials that we missed. Especially with regard to later copies of medieval armorials and early modern armorials this list is definitely not exhaustive and is continuously being updated.

As many manuscripts have been subjected to additions and alterations during the Middle Ages, they cannot be fitted into a single century. These manuscripts are categorized under the century in which the oldest part was made.

13th century

London, British Library, Add Roll 77720
London, BL, Add Roll 77720

London, BL, Add Roll 77720

This roll, usually called the Dering Roll, after Sir Edward Dering, who acquired the roll in the 17th century. It is one of the oldest original armorials, stemming from 1270-1280. It contains 324 shields that mainly represent the knights of Kent and Sussex

Weblink: http://www.bl.uk/

Literature:

Gérard Brault, Rolls of arms of Edward I (1272-1307) (Woodbridge, 1997).

Paris, Archives Nationales, AE I 25, no. 6 (MM 684)
Coats of arms of Priams sons in Armorial Le Breton. Ms. Archives Nationales AE I 25, no. 6 (MM 684) p.1

Paris, Archives Nationales AE I 25, no. 6 (MM 684) f.1r

The manuscript Archives Nationales AE I 25, no. 6 (MM 684), better known as Armorial le Breton, is an armorial of which the core section dates from the late 13th century. This part contains coats of arms of French nobles. The first pages of the manuscript hold the arms of the Trojan king Priam and his 5 legitimate and 28 illigitimate sons, which is dated onthe end of the 13th or the beginning of the 14th century. In the 15th century, much was added to the armorial, such as the coats of arms of Christian kings, the 12 Pairs of France, the Nine Worthies and a genealogy of Hector de Flavy.

Weblink: http://www.culture.gouv.fr/

Literature:

Emmanuel de Boos ed., L’Armorial Le Breton (Paris, 2004).

Nicolas Civel, ‘Les insignes héraldiques des Troyens dans l’armorial Le Breton’ in:
Anne-Hélène Allirot e.a. eds., Une histoire pour in royaume (XIIe-XVe siècle) (Paris, 2010) pp. 409-433.

 

14th century

Burgos, Archivo Municipal, El libro de la Cofradía de Santiago
Burgos, Archivo Municipal, El libro de la Cofradía de Santiago. f.1v

Burgos, Archivo Municipal, El libro de la Cofradía de Santiago. f.1v

The Libro de la Cofradía de Santiago is a Spanish armorial that presents the members of the Saint James fraternity in Burgos. 311 persons are depicted riding a horse and bearing a shield with their coat of arms. Most of the images date from the 14th century, there are however some from the 15th and 16th century as well.

Weblink: http://www.alabarda.net/

Heidelberg, UB, cod. pal. germ. 848
Heidelberg, UB, cod. pal. germ 848. f.237r

Heidelberg, UB, cod. pal. germ 848. f.237r

The Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift, or the Codex Manesse is a collection of medieval German poetry in the first place, which contains fair amount of coats of arms. The work stems from the early 14th century, with some mid-14th century additions. The portraits of the minstrels are accompanied by their coats of arms.

Weblink: http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de

Literature:

Harald Drös, „Wappen und Stand der Minnesänger“ in: Elmar Mittler e.a. eds., Codex Manesse. Katalog zur Ausstellung 1988 in der Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg (Heidelberg, 1988) pp. 127–152.

Karl Zangemeister, Die Wappen, Helmzierden und Standarten der Grossen Heidelberger Liederhandschrift (Manesse-Codex) (Görlitz 1892) accessible online

Innsbrück, Tiroler Landesarchiv, Codex Figdor
Innsbrück, Tiroler Landesarchiv, Codex Figdor, f.10r

Innsbrück, Tiroler Landesarchiv, Codex Figdor, f.10r

This is one of the three armorials of the Bruderschaft St. Christoph auf dem Arlberg. This manuscript is often called the Tiroler Handschrift or the Codex Figdor, after the archivist who discovered this manuscript in the late 19th century. The armorial shows next to the entries the coats of arms of donators of St. Christoph auf dem Arlberg hospice in Tirol and was made between 1394 and 1407.

Weblink: http://bilderserver.at/

Literature:

Eduard Widmoser und Werner Köfler eds., Botenbuch der Bruderschaft St. Christoph auf dem Arlberg. Tiroler Handschrift ‘Codex Figdor’ (Innsbruck and München, 1976).

Otto Hupp, Die Wappenbücher vom Arlberg. Tl. 1: Die drei Original-Handschriften von St. Christoph auf dem Arlberg aus den Jahren 1394 bis rund 1430 (Berlin, 1937).

Robert Büchner, St. Christoph am Arlberg. Die Geschichte von Hospiz und Taverne, Kapelle und Bruderschaft, von Brücken, Wegen und Straßen, Säumern, Wirten und anderen Menschen an einem Alpenpass. (Ende des 14. bis Mitte des 17. Jahrhunderts) (Böhlau, 2005).

München, Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv, Geheimes Hausarchiv, Bände 3
München, Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv, Geheimes Hausarchiv, Bände 3, f. 45v

München, Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv, Geheimes Hausarchiv, Bände 3, f. 45v

This is one of the three armorials of the Bruderschaft St. Christoph auf dem Arlberg. The manuscript shows next to the entries the coats of arms of donators of the St. Christoph auf dem Arlberg hospice in Tirol.

Weblink: http://bilderserver.at/

Literature:

Eduard Widmoser und Werner Köfler eds., Botenbuch der Bruderschaft St. Christoph auf dem Arlberg. Tiroler Handschrift ‘Codex Figdor’ (Innsbruck and München, 1976).

Otto Hupp, Die Wappenbücher vom Arlberg. Tl. 1: Die drei Original-Handschriften von St. Christoph auf dem Arlberg aus den Jahren 1394 bis rund 1430 (Berlin, 1937).

Robert Büchner, St. Christoph am Arlberg. Die Geschichte von Hospiz und Taverne, Kapelle und Bruderschaft, von Brücken, Wegen und Straßen, Säumern, Wirten und anderen Menschen an einem Alpenpass. (Ende des 14. bis Mitte des 17. Jahrhunderts) (Böhlau, 2005).

Oxford, Bodleian, ms. Ashmole 804 pt. IV
Oxford, Bodleian, Ashmole 804 pt. IV. f. 1v-2r

Oxford, Bodleian, Ashmole 804 pt. IV. f. 1v-2r

This manuscript is known as the Powell’s Roll and it dates from the mid-14th century. This armorial presents banners and coats of arms of English nobles and knights.

Weblink: http://bodley30.bodley.ox.ac.uk

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 5230
Ms. BnF. 5230 f.1r

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 5230 f.1r

The Bellenville armorial dates from the late 14th century. Author and commissioner are unknown, but the text is written in Dutch, therefore it was probably made somewhere in the historical Netherlands. The armorial consists of two parts. The first part contains coats of arms of European nobles structured by lords. The second part seems to be a collection of occasional rolls of arms of tournaments, military campaigns or the Prussian voyages.

Weblink: http://gallica.bnf.fr/

Literature:

Michel Pastoureau and Michel Popoff, L’armorial Bellenville (Lathuile, 2004).

Werner Paravicini, , ‘Bellenville. Wappenbücher, Herolde und Preussenfahrten in Europäischer Forschung‘, Francia 32 (2005) pp. 185-190.

Wien, Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv, Weiss 242
Wien, Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv, Weiss 242. f.7r

Wien, Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv, Weiss 242. f.7r

This is one of the three armorials of the Bruderschaft St. Christoph auf dem Arlberg. The armorial shows next to the entries the coats of arms of donators of the St. Christoph auf dem Arlberg hospice in Tirol. The first part of the armorial has been made in the late 14th and early 15th century. These are followed by additions from later centuries.

Weblink: http://bilddatenbank.khm.at/

Literature:

Eduard Widmoser und Werner Köfler eds., Botenbuch der Bruderschaft St. Christoph auf dem Arlberg. Tiroler Handschrift ‘Codex Figdor’ (Innsbruck and München, 1976).

Otto Hupp, Die Wappenbücher vom Arlberg. Tl. 1: Die drei Original-Handschriften von St. Christoph auf dem Arlberg aus den Jahren 1394 bis rund 1430 (Berlin, 1937).

Robert Büchner, St. Christoph am Arlberg. Die Geschichte von Hospiz und Taverne, Kapelle und Bruderschaft, von Brücken, Wegen und Straßen, Säumern, Wirten und anderen Menschen an einem Alpenpass. (Ende des 14. bis Mitte des 17. Jahrhunderts) (Böhlau, 2005).

Zürich, Landesmuseum, Zürcher Wappenrolle

Zurich, Landesmuseum, Zürcher Wappenrolle

Contrary to most armorials above, the Zürcher Wappenrolle is a roll instead of a codex. The roll is painted on the front and back side and if the four parts are put together, it measures about four meter. It dates from the 1340s and contains hundreds of coats of arms, mostly from nobles from modern-day Southern Germany, Switzerland and Western Austria.

Weblinks: http://www.e-codices.unifr.ch/

Literature:

Michel Popoff, Le role d’armes de Zurich (Paris, 1986).

Walther Merz and Friedrich Hegi, Die Wappenrolle von Zürich … mit den Wappen aus dem Hause zum Loch (Zürich and Leipzig, 1930).

Steen Clemmensen, The Zürich Armorial (Farum, 2009) (accessible online).

 

15th century

Antwerpen, Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library, B 89420 A
Antwerpen, Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library, B 89420 A, f.91v

Antwerpen, Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library, B 89420 A, f.91v

This composite manuscript has been made by the herold Hendrik van Heesel, probably in the mid-15th century. In the manuscript, sections with coats of arms and sections with text alternate. The armorial depicts coats of arms from, among others, Austrian, Bohemian and Burgundian nobles.

Weblink: http://anet.be (Permalink)

Literature:

Wim van Anrooij, ‘Hendrik Van Heessel, héraut à la cour impériale et à la cour de Bourgogne’, Revue du Nord 366/367/3 (2006) pp. 709-726.

Augsburg, Staats- und Stadtbibliothek, 2 Cod H 1 (Cim 69)
Augsburg, Staats- und Stadtbibliothek , 2 Cod H 1 (Cim 69), f. 108r

Augsburg, Staats- und Stadtbibliothek , 2 Cod H 1 (Cim 69), f. 108r

At the end of this mid-15th century chronicle by Sigmund Meisterlin and continued by Hector Mülich, a small armorial is inserted from f.117r onwards. It opens with a full page coat of arms of Hector Mülich, followed by an image with the banner of Augsburg. Then are depicted the coats of arms that were painted, according to the introducing text, in a ‘trinckstübe’ in Augsburg in 1457.

Weblink: http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de/

Bamberg, Staatsbibliothek, Hv. Msc. 302
Bamberg, Staatsbibliothek, Hv. Msc. 302, f.21r

Bamberg, Staatsbibliothek, Hv. Msc. 302, f.21r

The Nekrolog des Franziskanerklosters St. Anna in Bamberg was made around 1490 has continuations until 1757. It is a calendar with entries of deceased, and regularly these entries are accompanied by coats of arms.

Weblink: http://digital.bib-bvb.de

Literature:

Anton Jäcklein, ‘Das Nekrologium des ehemaligen Franziskaner-klosters zu Bamberg’, Bericht über das Wirken des Historischen Vereines zu Bamberg 36 (1874) pp. 1-82 (edition)

Klaus Graf, ‘Das Nekrolog des Franziskanerklosters St. Anna in Bamberg und andere wappengeschmückte Franziskaner-Nekrologien’. Blogpost accessible through this link

Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, AN II 3
Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, AN II 3, f.7r

Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, AN II 3, f.7r

This Matriculation Register of the Basel Rectorate has continuously been updated from 1460 onwards. It contains a considerable amount of coats of arms, most of them presenting rectors of the University of Basel.

Weblink: http://www.e-codices.unifr.ch

Literature:

P.L. Ganz, Die Miniaturen der Basler Universitätsmatrikel (Basel, 1960).

Berlin, Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz, VIII. HA II, Nr. 21.

Berlin, Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz, VIII. HA II, Nr. 21., f. 6r

The Grünenberg Armorial is named after its maker, Conrad Grünenberg, son of the mayor of Constance and a prominent resident of the city himself. There are various copies of this armorial, but, along with the München, BSB, cgm 145, this is considered to be the earliest version (on the different copies of Grünenberg’s armorial see the contributions on this website by Christof Rolker and Bernd Konrad). This manuscript has been produced in the 1480s and is regarded as one of the most impressive of its sort. It contains coats of arms of the European nobility, imaginary coats of arms of pagan nobility and a section dedicated to tournament societies in late 15th century southern Germany.

Weblink: http://dfg-viewer.de

Literature:

Steen Clemmensen, Conrad Grünenberg’s Wappenbuch (Farum, 2009) (accessible online).

Michel Popoff and Michel Pastoureau, Armorial Grünenberg (Milan, 2011).

Christof Rolker, ‘Heraldische Orgien und sozialer Aufstieg. Oder: Wo ist eigentlich ‚oben‘ in der spätmittelalterlichen Stadt?’, Zeitschrift für historische Forschung 42 (2015) pp. 191–224.

Christof Rolker, ‘Das Wappenbuch des Konrad Grünenberg. Acta et agenda‘, Zeitschrift für die Geschichte des Oberrheins 162 (2014) pp. 191-207.

Christof Rolker, ‘Turnier-ordnung’. Das Wappench des Konrad Grünenberg‘, Mittelalter. Zeitschrift des Schweizerischen Burgervereins 19 (2014) pp. 26-33.

Bruxelles, KBR, Cabinet des Manuscrits, ms. IV 1249
Brussels, KBR, MS IV 1249, f.8r

Bruxelles, KBR, MS IV 1249, f.8r

This armorial dates from the beginning of the 15th century and it depicts coats of arms of nobles mainly from Northern France and modern-day Belgium. It opens with the coats of arms of the Burgundian duke Philip the Bold. There is no modern edition of this armorial yet.

Weblink: http://belgica.kbr.be

Literature:

Bibliothèque royale Albert Ier. Vingt-cinq  années d’acquisitions 1969-1994 (Bruxelles, 1994) pp. 16-17 (catalogue description online).

Den Haag, KB, 79 K 21
Den Haag, KB, 79 K 21 f. 1v

Den Haag, KB, 79 K 21 f. 1v

The Armorial Beyeren has been made by the herald Claes Heyenensoen, who was also the maker of the Gelre Armorial. The manuscript is written in Dutch and was probalby finished in 1405. The manuscript consists of five different sections: the participants of a tournament in Compiègne in 1238, the participants of a tournament in Mons in 1310, the participant of a military expedition against the Frisians in 1396, the participants of the siege of Gorinchem in 1402 and, curiously, a list of the ‘three best’ persons carrying a certain name, e.g. the three best Williams.

Weblink: http://www.kb.nl/

Literature:

Werner Paravicini, ‘Armoriaux et histoire culturelle. Le role d’armes de Meilleurs Trois’ in: Louis Holtz, Michel Pastoureau and Hélène Loyaux eds., Les armoriaux. Histoire héraldique, sociale et culturelle des armoriaux médiévaux (Paris, 1997) pp. 361-382.

Den Haag, KB, 128 E 120
Den Haag, KB, 128 E 20. f.2r

Den Haag, KB, 128 E 20. f.2r

This relatively unknown manuscript is a late 15th century armorial, with some 16th century additions. Its stems from Northern France or the Southern Netherlands. The coats of arms are painted and blazoned.

Weblink: http://manuscripts.kb.nl/

Kassel, Universitätsbibliothek, 4 Ms. Hist. 4
Kassel, Universitätsbibliothek, 4 Ms. Hist. 4 p.140

Kassel, Universitätsbibliothek, 4 Ms. Hist. 4 p.140

This manuscript contains the statutes of the Order of the Golden Fleece and lists its members. The knights of the order are presented with their coats of arms from p. 139 onwards. This part is structured by the chapters of the order at which new members were admitted. The manuscript was probably produced in the late 15th century and parts were added in the 16th century.

Weblink: http://orka.bibliothek.uni-kassel.de/

Krakow, Biblioteka Jagiellońska, Banderia Prutenorum
Krakow, Biblioteka Jagiellońska, Banderia Prutenorum, f.8v

Krakow, Biblioteka Jagiellońska, Banderia Prutenorum, f.8v

The manuscript Banderia Prutenorum represents the banners of Teutonic knights who were defeated by Polish and Lithuanian forces at Tannenberg in 1410. In total, 56 banners, of which the last 10 are later additions, are depicted. The armorial is part of Jan Dlogosz’s chronicle and the coats of arms have been painted by Stanislaw Durink, who executed this work in the mid-15th century.

Weblink: http://www.laborunion.lt

Literature:

Sven Ekdahl, Die “Banderia Prutenorum” Des Jan Długosz, Eine Quelle Zur Schlacht Bei Tannenberg 1410 (Göttingen, 1976).

Krakow, Biblioteka Jagiellońska, Berol. Ms. Germ. Qu. 1479
Krakow, Biblioteka Jagiellońska, Berol. Mgq 1479. f 9r

Krakow, Biblioteka Jagiellońska, Berol. Mgq 1479. f 9r

The manuscript probably dates from 1460s, with continuations throughout the following decades. The work is known as the herald’s book of the Order of St. Hubert, established by the Duke of Jülich-Berg in 1444. The armorial presents among others coats of arms of European nobility and contains a large section with coats of arms of person’s ancestors.

Weblink: http://fbc.pionier.net.pl

Literature:

http://archiv.twoday.net

Leonie Gräfin von Nesselrode, “Neue Erkenntnisse zum Heroldsbuch und Bruderschaftsbuch des jülisch-bergischen Hubertusordens”, Jahrbuch für westdeutsche Landesgeschichte 36 (2010) p.131-162

Hans Wegener, Beschreibende Verzeichnisse der Miniaturen-Handschriften der Preußischen Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Leipzig 1928) [Text und 2 Abbildungen, u.A. Tafel 6]

Wilhelm Ewald, Rheinische Heraldik (Düsseldorf 1934), note. 200 – p. 214, Description– p. 169-172, 2 Images– p. 170.

 

London, British Library, Add MS 48976
London, BL, Add ms 48976

London, BL, Add ms 48976

The Rous Roll, named after his maker John Rous, is a roll containing short biographies of more that 50 persons. Their portrets are pen-drawn, and accompanied by their painted coats of arms. The roll dates from 1483.

Weblink: http://www.bl.uk/

Literature:

The Rous Roll / John Rous (Gloucester, 1979) (Reprint of H.G. Bohn’s 1859 edition with an introduction by Charles Ross)

D. Griffith, ‘Owners and Copyists of John Rous’ Armorial Rolls’ in: Wendy Scase ed., Essays in Manuscript Geography. Vernacular Manuscripts of the English West Midlands from the conquest to the Sixteenth Century (Turnhout, 2007) pp. 203-228.

London, British Library, Harley 4205
London, BL, Harley 4205 f.19v

London, BL, Harley 4205 f.19v

This manuscript is known as the Sir Thomas Holme’s Book of Arms. It is named after Thomas Holmes, who was Clarenceux King of Arms in the late 15th century, but it is unclear who were the authors of the various parts of this work. The first part contains verses on the Kings of England, who are depicted in a tabard with their coat of arms. The second part presents charging knights on their horses. Their blasons are depicted on their clothing and horses. The third part, known as Legh’s Men of Arms, contains armoured knights holding a banner.

Weblink: http://www.bl.uk/

London, British Library, Harley 6199
London, BL, Harley 6199. f.57v

London, BL, Harley 6199. f.57v

This manuscript is a copy of the Statutes of the Order of the Golden Fleece. It has been produced in Bruges in the 1480s. The coats of arms of the knights of the order are depicted on f.57v-f.77r.

Weblink: http://prodigi.bl.uk/

London, British Library, Stowe 594
London, BL, Stowe 594. f.7v

London, BL, Stowe 594. f.7v

William Bruges’ Garter Book displays the coats of arms of the Knights of the Order of the Garter, which was established in 1348 by King Edward III. It dates from the 1430s or 1440s and it was made for William Bruges, Garter King of Arms. This is the first armorial of the Order of the Garter.

Weblink: http://www.bl.uk/

Manchester, John Rylands, Latin MS 28
Manchester, John Riley, Latin MS 28 p. 81

Manchester, John Rylands, Latin MS 28 p. 81

This manuscript has been made in 1416/1418 by a Portuguese herald, attending the Council of Constance. Contrary to most armorials, this manuscript is written in Latin. It holds 25 banners and multiple small collections of coats of arms, each containing two to several dozen coats of arms.

Weblink: http://enriqueta.man.ac.uk/

Literature:

Werner Paravicini, ‘Signes et couleurs au Concile de Constance. Le témoignage d’un
héraut d’armes portugais’ in  D. Turrel e.a. eds., Signes et couleurs des identités politiques du Moyen Age à nos jours (Rennes, 2008) pp. 155-187

Aires Augusto Nascimento, Livro de arautos. De ministerio armorum, script. anno MCCCCXVI, ms. lat. 28, J. Rylands Library (Manchester). Estudo codicológico, histórico, literário, linguístico, texto crítico e tradução (Lisbon, 1977)

Steen Clemmensen, The Herald’s book (Farum, 2011) (accessible online)

München, BSB, cgm 98
MS. BSB Cgm 98 p. 1

München. BSB, Cgm 98 f.1r

This manuscript is generally called the Gossembrot armorial. It dates from 1469. Gossembrot was a a prominent patrician in the city of Augsburg. The manuscript contains coats of arms of Augsburgian families and Gossembrot’s relatives. Furthermore, it holds a section with blazoned versions of the presented coats of arms. There is no modern edition of this armorial.

Weblink: http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de

München, BSB, cgm 145
Dye loblich gesellschafft der Kron im "Wappenbuch Conrads von Grünenberg, Ritters und Bürgers zu Constanz" (München, BSB, Cgm 145, S. 255)

München, BSB, Cgm 145 f.129r

The Grünenberg Armorial is named after its maker, Conrad Grünenberg, son of the mayor of Constance and a prominent resident of the city himself. There are various copies of this armorial, but, along with the Berlin, Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz, VIII. HA II, Nr. 21, this is considered to be the earliest version (on the different copies of Grünenberg’s armorial see the contributions on this website by Christof Rolker and Bernd Konrad). This manuscript has been produced in the 1480s and is regarded as one of the most impressive of its sort. It contains coats of arms of the European nobility, imaginary coats of arms and a section dedicated to the various tournament societies in late 15th century southern Germany.

Weblink: http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de

Literature:

Steen Clemmensen, Conrad Grünenberg’s Wappenbuch (Farum, 2009) (accessible online).

Michel Popoff and Michel Pastoureau, Armorial Grünenberg (Milan, 2011).

Christof Rolker, ‘Heraldische Orgien und sozialer Aufstieg. Oder: Wo ist eigentlich ‚oben‘ in der spätmittelalterlichen Stadt?’, Zeitschrift für historische Forschung 42 (2015) pp. 191–224.

Christof Rolker, ‘Das Wappenbuch des Konrad Grünenberg. Acta et agenda‘, Zeitschrift für die Geschichte des Oberrheins 162 (2014) pp. 191-207.

Christof Rolker, ‘Turnier-ordnung’. Das Wappench des Konrad Grünenberg‘, Mittelalter. Zeitschrift des Schweizerischen Burgervereins 19 (2014) pp. 26-33.

München, BSB, cgm 2213 (38)
München, BSB, cgm 213 (38). f.295v

München, BSB, cgm 213 (38). f.295v

This 17th century collection by Johann Gottfried von Redinghoven contains a section that is called armorial Redinghoven, a manuscript from the 1440s (f.295-f.316). It presents coats of arms from German noblemen, but a few rows with arms of European kingsare also included.

Weblink: http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de

München, BSB, cod. icon. 290
München, BSB, cod. icon. 290. f.46r

München, BSB, cod. icon. 290. f.46r

In the 16th century, a man named Jobst Walther sent this armorial from Barcelona to Jakob Fugger in Augsburg, and thus this Spanish manuscript ended up in a German library. The full title of this armorial is: Armas de los Condes, Vescondes, Vervefores, marqueses, barones etc. de Cataluña, de Castilla, de Portugal, de Navarra y de Aragon y de Valencia con las rentas que cada uno tiene. It contains coats of arms of Spanish and Portuguese noblemen. The armorial stems from the second half of the 15th or the first half of the 16th century.

Weblink: http://codicon.digitale-sammlungen.de

 

München, BSB, cod. icon. 308n
München, BSB, cod. icon. 308n. f. 1v

München, BSB, cod. icon. 308n. f. 1v

München BSB cod. icon. 308 is also known as the Wernigeroder (after the town were it was kept in the library) or the Schaffenhausen (the familiy that owned the armorial around 1600) armorial. The manuscript was made in the last quarter of the 15th century. It shows some interesting imaginary coats of arms such as the Trinity symbol and the Arma Christi. Further, it holds arms from kings and nobles throughout Europe, with a special focus on southern German nobility.

Weblink: http://codicon.digitale-sammlungen.de

Literature:

Catalogue description online

München, BSB, cod. icon. 308u
München, BSB, Cod. icon. 308, f. 15r

München, BSB, sod. icon. 308u, f. 15r

The BSB, Cod. icon. 308 is also known as the Ortenburger armorial, named after the first known possessor in the 16th century, Joachim von Ortenburg. It dates from the 1460s and it contains among others coats of arms of German princes, counts and bishops.

Weblink: http://codicon.digitale-sammlungen.de

Literature:

Catalogue description online

München, BSB, cod. icon. 309
München, BSB, cod. icon. 309. f.4r

München, BSB, cod. icon. 309. f.4r

BSB, cod. icon. 309 is a little studied armorial that dates from the late 15th or the first half of the 16th century. It has probably been made in the south of Germany and it presents the coats of arms of the southern German and Austrian nobility.

Weblink: http://codicon.digitale-sammlungen.de

Literature:

Catalogue description online

München, BSB, cod. icon. 310
München, BSB, Cod.icon. 310, f. 1ar

München, BSB, cod. icon. 310, f. 1ar

This armorial is little studied. It dates from the 1490s and contains, interestingly, two images of the herald Anton Tirol. The armorial presents a collection of coats of arms of from Austria, Burgundy, France as well as the Quaternionen and a text on the origin of heralds.

Weblink: http://codicon.digitale-sammlungen.de

Literature:

Catalogue description online

München, BSB, cod. icon. 311
München, BSB, cod. icon. 311. f.3r

München, BSB, cod. icon. 311. f.3r

BSB cod. icon. 311 consists of different parts. The first few pages are probably from Augsburg and stem from the last quarter of the 15th century. The main part of the armorial, however, dates from the 16th century, also from Southern Germany. It depicts coats of arms of German nobles.

Weblink: http://codicon.digitale-sammlungen.de

Literature:

Catalogue description online

München, BSB, cod. icon. 312c
München, BSB, cod. icon. 312c. f. 5r

München, BSB, cod. icon. 312c. f. 5r

This armorial is better known as the Scheibler’sches armorial. It dates from the mid 15th century, but it contains an elaborate 17th century addition as well. Mainly German, Dutch and Austrian nobles are represented, whose coats of arms fill the entire page.

Weblink: http://codicon.digitale-sammlungen.de

Literature:

Catalogue description online

München, BSB, cod. icon. 318
München, BSB, cod. icon. 318. f.5r

München, BSB, cod. icon. 318. f.5r

This armorial is most often called the Bruderschaftsbuch des jülich-bergischen Hubertusordens. It presents the coats of arms of the members of knightly order of Saint-Hubert. This order was established in 1444 by the duke of Jülich-Berg. The manuscript was probably made in the second half of the 15th century.

Weblink: http://codicon.digitale-sammlungen.de

Literature:

Catalogue description online

Leonie von Nesselrode, „Neue Erkenntnisse zum Heroldsbuch und Bruderschaftsbuch des jülisch-bergischen Hubertusordens.“ Jahrbuch für westdeutsche Landesgeschichte 36 (2010) pp. 131–162.

Joseph Würdinger, „Beiträge zur Geschichte der Gründung und der ersten Periode des bayerischen Hausritterordens vom heiligen Hubertus 1444-1709“, Abhandlungen der Historischen Klasse der Königlich-Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften 15 (1880) pp. 171–218.

München, BSB, Ink. C-284
München, BSB, Ink. C-284

München, BSB, Ink. C-284

A few pages in the chronicle of Cologne have the characteristics of an armorial. The author of this chronicle is unknown, but we do know the name of printer: Johann Koelhoff the Younger, who printed this book in 1499.

Weblink: http://inkunabeln.digitale-sammlungen.de/

Oxford, Bodleian, Lat. misc. e. 86
Bodleian MS Lat. misc. e. 86. f.37v-38r

Bodleian MS Lat. misc. e. 86. f.37v-38r

This manuscript, written in Latin and English, is a heraldic treatise from the second half of the 15th century. At first glance it appears to be for educational or reference purposes, since the texts seem to indicate the names of charges and figures in the coats of arms.

Weblink: http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/

Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, ms. 4790
Ms. BnF. 4790 f. 47v

Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, ms. 4790 f. 47v

Armorial Toison d’Or is an institutional armorial. In this case, the institution for which the armorial was produced was the famed Order of the Golden Fleece, established in 1430 by Philip the Good, duke of Burgundy. The manuscript was made in the late 1440s, depicting coats of arms of members of the order as well as of other European nobles. The manuscript is well known for its portraits of mounted kings and high nobles. The first weblink below links to a special presentation of parts of the manuscript with an introduction on the website of the BnF , the second links to a scan of the entire manuscript on Gallica

Weblink: http://expositions.bnf.fr/

Weblink: http://gallica.bnf.fr/

Literature:

Michel Pastoureau and Michel Popoff, Grand amorial équestre de la Toison d’Or (Saint-Jorioz, 2001).

 

Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, ms. 4976
Paris, Bibliothèque d' Arsenal, ms. 4976, f.3r

Paris, Bibliothèque d’ Arsenal, ms. 4976, f.3r

This book deals with the knights of the round table and contains a portrait and the coat of arms of each knight. It is written in French and dates from the late 15th century.

Weblink: http://gallica.bnf.fr

 

Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, ms. 5024
Paris, Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal, ms. 5024. f. 1r

Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, ms. 5024. f. 1r

This manuscript contains a short armorial with the coats of arms of the knight of the round table. It is written in French and probably dates from the second half of the 15th century.

Weblink: http://gallica.bnf.fr/

Literature:

Michel Pastoureau, Armorial des chevaliers de la table ronde – Etude sur l’héraldique imaginaire à la fin du Moyen-Âge (Paris, 2006)

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 2249
Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 2249. f.41r

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 2249. f.41r

This armorial is often called the armorial of the héraut Vermandois. The manuscript, produced in the 15th century, is generally acknowledged to be a copy of a late 13th century original. The coats of arms in this armorial are not painted, but blazoned.

Weblink: http://gallica.bnf.fr

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 4985
Ms. BnF. 4790 f. 20v

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 4790 f. 20v

The manuscript BnF, ms. fr. 4985, better known of the Armorial of the Heraut Berry, dates from the mid-15th century. It was made by Gilles de Bouvier, who was king of Arms of France during the reign of Charles VII. Besides coats of arms, who are mainly structured by marches d’armes, the armorial also holds portraits of mounted knights. In its current state the manuscript is somewhat disordered.

Weblink: http://gallica.bnf.fr/

Literature:

Emmanuel de Boos, Armorial de Gilles de Bouvier. Héraut Berry (Paris, 1995).

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 5930
Paris, BnF, fr. 5930. f.56r

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 5930. f.56r

This 15th century manuscript contains a short collection of coats of arms of 12 pages. It presents European kings and French nobility.

Weblink: http://gallica.bnf.fr

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 14357
Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 14357. f.1r

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 14357. f.1r

This manuscript dates from the late 15th century. It appears to be a heraldic treatise, with a collection of coats of arms on f.10v-f.29v. On one of the first pages the French king is depicted, encircled by the coats of arms of high French nobles.

Weblink: http://gallica.bnf.fr/

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 11464
Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 11464, f.33v

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 11464, f.33v

This manuscript, containing the Argentaye tract, holds a short painted collection of coats of arms and from f.61r-f.70v a blazoned one. It dates from the late 15th century. The Brittany part of the blazoned collection has been edited.

Weblink: http://gallica.bnf.fr/

Literature:

Bertrand Yeurc’h and Jean-Luc Deuffic, “L’armorial Breton Du Manuscrit l’Argentaye: édition Commentée.” Bulletins et Mémoires. Société d’Emulation Des Côtes-D’Armor 141 (2012): 39–63. (Accessible online)

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 18651
Ms. BnF. 18651 f. 44r

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 18651 f. 44r

The manuscript ms. BnF. 18651 is generally called the Armorial Coislin Séguier. It originates from Lotharingia and dates from the mid-15th century. It depicts coats of arms of nobles all over Europe, with a special focus on the French nobility. There is no modern edition of this armorial.

Weblink: http://gallica.bnf.fr/

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 22297
Ms. BnF. 22297 p. 123

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 22297 p. 123

The manuscript BnF, ms. fr. 22297 dates from the 1450s and was made by Guillaume Revel, herald Auvergne during the reign of Charles VII. This armorial is quite unique, for it only represents the coats of arms of the nobles of three regions: Auvergne, Bourbonnais and Forez. These regions were in possession of Charles I of Bourbon and the armorial was dedicated to his memory. Besides coats of arms, the amorial contains many detailed views of towns and castles in these areas. Guillaume Revel apparently did not get the opportunity to complete his armorial, for only about 25% of the drawn shields have actually been painted with a coat of arms.

Weblink: http://gallica.bnf.fr/

Literature:

Emmanuel de Boos, L’armorial d’Auvergne Bourbonois et Forestz de Guillaume Revel (Nonette, 1998).

Pierre-Yves Laffont, L’Armorial de Guillaume Revel. Châteaux, villes et bourgs du Forez au XVe siècle (Lyon, 2011).

Gabriel Fournier, Chateaux, villages et villes d’Auvergne au XVème siècle d’après Armorial de Guillaume Revel (Genève, 1973).

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 23077
Paris, BnF, fr. 23077. f.137v

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 23077. f.137v

This 17th century volume, with some copies by François Roger de Gaignières, also contains of what seems to be an original 15th century heraldic treatise (f.128-f.140). After some coats of arms that appear to serve as an educational example, the arms of some European kings and dukes are presented.

Weblink: http://gallica.bnf.fr/

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 24381
Paris, BnF, fr. 24381. f.156r

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 24381. f.156r

Jean de Bueil’s semi-autobiographic novel about his experiences in the Hundred Years War contains an armorial of around 50 pages. His manuscript dates from the 1460s. The collection of coats of arms contains among others imaginary coats of arms, arms of the European kings and French nobles.

Weblink: http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 24920
Ms. BnF. 24920 f. 2r

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 24920 f. 2r

This armorial is often reffered to as the armorial of the herald of Navarra, although it is definitely not certain that the herald of Navarra was actually the compiler of this work. The original dates from the late 14th century, but has been lost. This copy of this digitized version dates from the 15th century and holds coats of arms of the French royal family and other French nobles, plus some European kings. There is no modern edition of this armorial.

Weblink: http://gallica.bnf.fr/

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 25240
Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 25240, f.46v

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 25240, f.46v

These are the Statutes of the Ordre du Croissant, founded by René d’Anjou in 1448. The statutes are followed by 32 full page coats of arms of the members of this chivalric order.

Weblink: http://gallica.bnf.fr

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 32753
Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 32753. f.35v

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 32753. f.35v

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 32753 is better known as the Armorial Urfé. This manuscript dates from the 15th century and the coats of arms are not painted, but blazoned.

Weblink: http://gallica.bnf.fr/

Literature:

Steen Clemmensen, Armorial Urfé. A preliminary edition of the English segment (Farum, 2007) (accessible online).

Philadelphia, Free Library, Ms Lewis E201
Philadelphia, Free Library, Ms Lewis E201

Philadelphia, Free Library, Ms Lewis E201

This roll is a textual and pictorial genealogy and holds a number of prominently placed coats of arms. This richly decorated roll shows the genealogy of Edward IV (1442-1483), who became the first Yorkist king of England in 1461.

Weblink: http://www.freelibrary.org/

Prague, Národní knihovna České republiky, XVI.A.17
Prague, Národní knihovna České republiky, XVI.A.17, f.245v

Prague, Národní knihovna České republiky, XVI.A.17, f.245v

This manuscript is a copy of Ulrich Richental’s Chronicle of the Council of Constance. This copy was made in Gebhard Dacher’s workshop and is dated on 1464. Remarkably, the text and images are separated in this manuscript. The armorial can be found in the back of the codex.
For more on the Richental’s chronicle and armorial see the articles by Christof Rolker and Tina Raddatz on Heraldica Nova.

Weblink: http://v2.manuscriptorium.com

Literature:

Christof Rolker, Wappenbuch Richental V: Die Prager Handschrift, Heraldica Nova blogpost which can be accessed through this link

Steen Clemmensen, Arms and people in Ulrich Richental’s Chronik des Konzils zu Konstanz 1414-1418 (2011). Online introduction and edition, which can be accessed through this link

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1084
Armorial St. Gallen

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1084 p.1

This copy of the St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, is also known the Armorial of Hans Haggenberg, since it is stated in the introductury text that he has worked on the manuscript. These are however probably only the additions. The armorial dates from the second half of the 15th century, with later additions. It contains coats of arms of high imperial nobility, German nobles, bishops, the and some imaginary arms.

Weblink: http://www.e-codices.unifr.ch/fr/

Literature:

Steen Clemmensen, The Sankt Gallen – Haggenberg Armorial (Farum, 2012) (accessible online).

Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Inv.Nr. A 2302
Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Inv.Nr. A 2302, f. 32r. Note the flames in Emperor Nero's coat of arms

Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Inv.Nr. A 2302, f. 32r. Note the flames in Emperor Nero’s coat of arms

This Armorial is also known as Hans Ingerams armorial, named after the persevant of the tournament Society ‘Zum Esel’ who was the main artist producing this armorial. It probably dates from the 1450s. The focus is on Austrian nobles and members of tournament societies.

Weblink: http://commons.wikimedia.org/

Literature:

Emmanuel de Boos, L’armorial de Hans Ingeram (Paris, 2006).

Charlotte Becher and Ortwin Gamber, Die Wappenbücher Herzog Albrechts VI. von Österreich. Ingeram-Codex der ehem. Bibliothek Cotta (Wien, 1986)
Wien, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, cod. 2899
Wien, ÖNB, cod. 2899. f.10r

Wien, ÖNB, cod. 2899. f.10r

This manuscript shows the genealogy of Philip the Upright, the elector Palatine of the Rhine. In the foreword is stated that, probably, Herman von Brüninghausen wrote this work in 1481. The ancestors are portrayed mounted on a horse wearing armor.

Weblink: http://search.obvsg.at/

Literature:

http://archiv.twoday.net

 

Wien, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Cod. 3044

Wien, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Cod. 3044, f.117v

This manuscript is a copy of Ulrich Richental’s Chronicle of the Council of Constance. It was probably produced in Constance around 1475. It is part of a composite manuscript, the Richental’s chronicle can be found on f. 26r-244r.

For more on the Richental’s chronicle and armorial see the articles by Christof Rolker and Tina Raddatz on Heraldica Nova.

Weblink: http://search.obvsg.at/

Literature:

Tina Raddatz, Wappenbuch Richental VII: Die Wiener Handschrift, Blogpost on Heraldica Nova which can be accessed through this link.

Steen Clemmensen, Arms and people in Ulrich Richental’s Chronik des Konzils zu Konstanz 1414-1418 (2011). Online introduction and edition, which can be accessed through this link

 

Zürich, Zentralbibliothek, MS C 1
Zürich, Zentralbibliothek, MS C 1, f.16r

Zürich, Zentralbibliothek, MS C 1, f.16r

The Jahrzeitbuch (anniversary) of Uster is a calendar with entries of deceased on the dates they passed away. A considerable number of entries are accompanied by a coats of arms. This anniversary was probably a compilation of older copies and was made between 1469 and 1473, but also includes later entries.

Weblink: http://www.e-manuscripta.ch

Literature:

Fabrice Burlet, ‘Das Jahrzeitbuch von Uster’ (1473) (no date, online PDF-document, which can be accessed through this link)

16th century

Freiburg i. Br., UB, Hs. 15
Freiburg, UB, Hs. 15. f.2v

Freiburg, UB, Hs. 15. f.2v

The Chronicle of Reichenau, written by chaplain Gallus Öhem, starts with an armorial. The armorial presents the abbots of the abbey from its establishment to the time of witing, other clergymen and arms of nobles. The manuscript dates from the early 16th century.

Weblink: http://dl.ub.uni-freiburg.de/

Literature:

Harald Drös, Das Wappenbuch des Gallus Öhem (Sigmaringen, 1994).

Graz, UB, ms.2211
Graz, UB, ms. 2211 f.7v

Graz, UB, ms. 2211 f.7v

This armorial was produced in the 1530s. It contains coats of arms of families in Steiermark, a region in modern-day Austria. Later, some new entries and additions were made.

Weblink: http://143.50.26.142/digbib/handschriften/

Literature:

Veronika Drescher, Selbstverständnis und Repräsentation des steirischen Adels im Spätmittelalter: Die Wappenhandschrift Ms.2211 der Universitätsbibliothek Graz (Master thesis. Accessible online).

Heidelberg, UB, 82 A 10094 RES
Heidelberg, UB, 82 A 10094 RES, p.5

Heidelberg, UB, 82 A 10094 RES, p.5

This armorial was made by Virgil Solis, an artist from Nürnberg, in 1555. It is hierarchally structured, containing coats of arms of kings, dukes, counts etc., plus the quaternions and coats of arms of cardinals and bishops.

Weblink: http://katalog.ub.uni-heidelberg.de

München, BSB, cgm 9460
München, BSB, cgm 9460, p.7

München, BSB, cgm 9460, p.7

This is the family book of the prominent Fugger family from Augsburg. Hans Jakob Fugger commissioned the work. It was written by the historian Clemens Jäger and produced in the workshop of Jörg Breus the Younger between 1542 and 1548. The manuscript holds a large amount of coats of arms of the Fugger family.

Weblink: http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de

Literature:

Gregor Rohmann, Das Ehrenbuch der Fugger (Augburg, 2004)

Claudia Bubenik, Die Fugger im Bild. Bayerische Staatsbibliothek; Schatzkammerausstellung… (Darmstadt, 2010)

Nancy, Bibliothèque Mediathèque, Ms 1727
Nancy, Bibliothèque Mediathèque, MS 1727 f.1v

Nancy, Bibliothèque Mediathèque, MS 1727 f.1v

This armorial, commonly known as Armorial de Nicolas de Lutzelbourg, has been made in the 16th century for Nicolas de Lutzelbourg (ca. 1485-1547), lord of Fléville. The coats of arms of many nobles from medieval Western Europe are presented, categorized into so called ‘marches d´armes’ or provinces of arms.

Weblink: http://bmn-renaissance.nancy.fr/

 

New Haven, Yale University Library, Beinecke ms. 648
Yale, Beinecke, ms. 648, f.8v

New Haven, Yale University Library, Beinecke ms. 648, f.8v

The manuscript Beinecke, ms. 648 was in the possession and partly produced by the scribe Jean Faucquet. The collection of coats of arms is part of a herold’s compendium. It was probably made around 1500. For more information on the manuscritpt see here, for more information about Faucquet see here.

Weblink: http://brbl-dl.library.yale.edu

Literature:

Torsten Hiltmann, Spätmittelalterliche Heroldskompendien. Referenzen adeliger Wissenskultur in Zeiten gesellschaftlichen Wandels (München, 2011) pp. 158-163.

Toulouse, Bibliothèque Municipale, ms.798
Toulouse, BM, ms.798, f.11r

Toulouse, BM, ms.798, f.11r

This manuscript from the 16th century holds a Catalan armorial. It contains a heraldic part focusing on charges and ordinaries, and sections with coats of arms of among others the Nine Worthies, Christian Kings, and high nobles.

Weblink:

http://numerique.bibliotheque.toulouse.fr/

Weimar, Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek, Fol. 220
Weimar, Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek, Fol. 220, f.3r

Weimar, Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek, Fol. 220, f.3r

This manuscript is one of the several armorials made by Vigil Raber from Southern Tirol. He was a 16th century painter, collector of theater pieces and, as he declared himself in a text in this armorial, a “liebhaber und erkundiger der wappen” (online transcription here). The same text dates this manuscript on 1548 and Vigil stated that for his armorial he copied coats of arms of five armorials of the Bruderschaft St. Christoph auf dem Arlberg (of which only three remain, see the digitized copies in this list).

Weblink: There are two sites where you can see the digitised manuscripts

http://ora-web.swkk.de/

http://bilderserver.at/

Literature:

Harwick W. Arch, Vigil Rabers Sterzinger Wappenbuchl, Nearchos. Beiheft 5 (1999) (Attention, this is not an edition of this manuscript, but of the Sterzinger manuscript by Vigil Raber, which is however quite similar to this one and to which Arch also refers in this text. Available online.)

Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum, KK 5333
Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum, KK 5333

Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum, KK 5333

The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna houses a roll of arms, depicting 39 European kings and dukes. They are presented with a full portrait and with their coats of arms. The roll dates from 1512/1513 and was made in Jörg Kölderers workshop.

Weblink: http://bilddatenbank.khm.at/

Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibl., Cod. Guelf. 120 Extrav.
Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibl., 120 Extrav., f.165v

Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibl., 120 Extrav., f.165v

Hermann Botes Schichtbuch, produced in the 1510s, contains a rarely researched elaborate armorial in the last section of the manuscript. The armorial holds a wide range of coats of arms, including those of the Hanse Kontors, cities that were members of the Hanseatic League, Saxonian nobles and inhabitants of Braunschweig, where the armorial was very probably produced. Furthermore, the manuscript describes some legends on the development of Saxonian coats of arms, accompanied by the coats of arms in question. For more information, see the blogpost on this armorial.

Weblink: http://diglib.hab.de

Literature:

Herbert Blume, ‘Das Schichtbuch. Am Beispiel des Aufruhrs wegen zweifacher Steuer’ in: idem, Hermann Bote. Braunschweiger Stadtschrieber und Literat. Studien zu seinem Leben und Werk (Bielefeld, 2009) pp. 53-106.

Ludwig Hänselmann, ‘Das Schichtbuch. 1514.’ in: Die Chroniken Der Niedersächsischen Städte. Braunschweig. 2 (Leipzig, 1880) pp. 269–532. (Edition, Accessible online)

Elmar Hofman, “A treasure hidden in plain sight. The armorial behind the Schichtbuch,” in Heraldica Nova, 25/11/2015, http://heraldica.hypotheses.org/3960

Elmar Hofman, ‘Armorials behind the Schichtbuch. A material and visual exploration’, will appear in the conference proceedings of “500 Jahre Schichtbuch. Aspekte und Perspektiven der Bote Forschung”.

Zaragoza, Archivo Histórico Provincial de Zaragoza, P, 002105/000001
Zaragoza, Archivo Histórico Provincial de Zaragoza, P, 002105/000001, f.36r

Zaragoza, Archivo Histórico Provincial de Zaragoza, P, 002105/000001, f.36r

This Spanish armorial, called Armorial de los condes de Argillo, is dated on 1578. It presents coats of arms of among others European kings and Castilian nobles.

Weblink:

http://bibliotecavirtual.aragon.es/

 


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16 Responses

  1. GG says:

    Armorial de los condes de Argillo
    bibliotecavirtual.aragon.es/bva/i18n/consulta/registro.cmd?id=1406

  2. marco says:

    Very helpful page, thank you!
    Please correct the dead link to the digital ms Manchester MS 28. This seems to work:
    http://enriqueta.man.ac.uk/luna/servlet/detail/Man4MedievalVC~4~4~802015~137659

    • Elmar Hofman says:

      Dear marco, thank you very much for your comment! I have replaced the dead link for the Manchester MS 28 manuscript

  3. Klaas Padberg Evenboer says:

    The herald’s book of the Order of St. Hubert / Heroldsbuch des Jülischen Hubertusordens, um 1480.
    Krakow, Biblioteka Jagiellońska, Berol. Ms. Germ. Qu. 1479.

    Originally this armorial was in the collection of the Prussian State Library (Preußischen Staatsbibliothek) in Berlin.
    Literature:
    Hans Wegener, Beschreibende Verzeichnisse der Miniaturen-Handschriften der Preußischen Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Leipzig 1928. [Text und 2 Abbildungen, u.A. Tafel 6]
    Wilhelm Ewald, Rheinische Heraldik, Düsseldorf 1934, Anm. 200 – S. 214, Beschreibung – S. 169-172, 2 Abbildungen – S. 170.

    After WWII it is part of the collection of the Biblioteka Jagiellońska in Krakow. One can clearly see that the book is damaged by a child’s pencil.

    • Elmar Hofman says:

      Dear Klaas,

      Thank you for your comment. This armorial is already in the list, but your extra references are very welcome.

      With regard to the dating of this manuscript, there are several dates in the armorial. On f.127v one can find the note: “Jn den jaren m iiijc ind lxxx jair ist dit gemagt ouermitz herman von brunchoffen (?) conynck der wappery”, which would indeed imply that the manuscript was made in 1480.

      However, on many places between the coats of arms notes as the following can be found:”Dyt sint iiij aynchen her johans huysvrau van vranckenburch gemaicht inden jaren lxij” (f.58r), which suggests that this entry dates from 1462. There are more entries with different dates in the manuscript, so it was probably continuously used and updated throughout a period of several decades. For more on the dating and for further references see:
      http://archiv.twoday.net/stories/96991398/
      – Leonie Gräfin von Nesselrode, “Neue Erkenntnisse zum Heroldsbuch und Bruderschaftsbuch des jülisch-bergischen Hubertusordens”, Jahrbuch für westdeutsche Landesgeschichte 36 (2010) p.131-162

  4. An important correction to the first item on the list: our library has recently (2008) changed its name to Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library (in Dutch: Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience). The link to the digital version has also changed, it is now which should be a permalink. You can now leaf through the manuscript in our digital platform, or download it in pdf format.

    All the best,
    Steven

  5. Danielle says:

    Dear Heraldic Nova Team,
    As someone currently studying the manuscript Harley 4205, or “Sir Thomas Holme’s Book of Arms,” I noted a few mistakes in your short description.
    I can tell you that, despite the title, it was not written by Sir Thomas Holme. This title comes from Holme’s arms, which can be found on f. i(g)r. Actually, the three parts of the manuscript were likely illustrated by three different hands and there is no evidence to suggest that Holme was one of said hands. As well, you say Holme was Clarenceux King of Arms in the mid-15th century when he was clearly late-15th century (1476-1493). He may have been confused with that of Roger Legh, who held the same position from 1435-1460, and there does exist some evidence that he may have illustrated part of the manuscript.
    Finally, you only mention two parts, when there is a third filled with leaves of single knights.
    Cheers,
    Danielle

    • Elmar Hofman says:

      Dear Danielle,

      Thank you for pointing out these mistakes. I have corrected them right away.

      Kind regards,

      Elmar

    • Dear Danielle, thank you very much for your helpful comments. We will change that in the short description above.
      You seem to have a deeper knowledge of this very interesting manuscript. Would you fancy to write a little blogpost on it? As you know, armorial manuscripts are little studied and often misunderstood. Though often a closer look can be very instructive and reveal insights going far beyond heraldry itself. The Harley 4205 with its three parts seems to be very promising in this perspective. I would be very glad to learn more about this manuscript!
      Torsten

      • Danielle says:

        Hello Torsten,
        I agree with what you have said about Harley 4205 and would be delighted to write a blogpost. Actually, I am currently writing my MA thesis on this manuscript, which will focus not only on its heraldic features but its implications concerning manuscript and digital cultures. As such, I am a little limited on time but would still be able to find some for a blogpost.
        Thanks for the changes, Elmar!
        Cheers,
        Danielle

  6. Elmar Hofman says:

    Dear all,

    I want to thank everybody responding to this list of digitised armorials on the various media. Your comments led to the addition of over 20 armorials in the last few months. Please continue sending us links of digitised medieval armorials. Your hints are very helpful.

    Best wishes,

    The Heraldica Nova Team

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