Laurent Hablot (Poitiers): Two new brothers “de Bourbon”. Why did the duke of Bourbon in 1334 grant two unknown brothers nobility, his arms and his name?

The national archives of Paris kept a grant of arms gave to two brothers by the duke of Bourbon in 1344. By this, they are made noble and allowed to take the coat of arms of the old lordship of Bourbon and to use the name of Bourbon too. Why do they received such honor ? Are they some of his very close friends ? Are they his bastards, legitimate by this mean ? Cousins of the prince ?  What are they allowed to be after this ? Why is the duke of Bourbon allowed to give nobility, name and arms at that time ? What means in fact this kind heraldic sharing at the beginning of the XIVth century ?

Date:  1 July 2013
Place: International Medieval Congress, Leeds,Session 107 (Medieval Heraldry Revisited I: Creating ties of visuality. Heraldry and the display of social relationships)

Cite the article as: Torsten Hiltmann, "Laurent Hablot (Poitiers): Two new brothers “de Bourbon”. Why did the duke of Bourbon in 1334 grant two unknown brothers nobility, his arms and his name?", in: Heraldica Nova: Medieval and Early Modern Heraldry from the Perspective of Cultural History (a Hypotheses.org blog), published: 11/06/2013, Internet: https://heraldica.hypotheses.org/187.

Torsten Hiltmann

Torsten Hiltmann is Juniorprofessor for the High and Late Middle Ages and Auxiliary Sciences at the University of Münster. He is interested in new approaches to late medieval and early modern heraldry, the medieval notion of kingship and the methods and technologies of Digital Humanities. On hypotheses.org, he is maintaining, among others, the blog “Heraldica Nova”.

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