New manuscripts added to Digitised Armorials list

We are continiously updating our Digitised Armorials list. This week, we have added 19 armorials to the overview. This includes well-known armorials, such as the Weingartner Liederhandschrift and the Livro do Armeiro-Mor , but also less-studied manuscripts from the fourteenth, fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Below is an overview of these recently added armorials with links to the webpages with the digital scans.

Your help has been important for finding a large part of these manuscripts with collections of coats of arms, and we would be grateful for future suggestions so we can continue to expand our list!

 

Colmar, Bibliothèque Municipale, 1107 (064)
Colmar, Bibliothèque municipale, 1107 (064), f.8r

Colmar, Bibliothèque municipale, 1107 (064), f.8r

This manuscript dates from the 16th century. It largely consists of coats of arms of noble families with crests, but it also holds a smaller section with coats of arms of cities.

Weblink: http://bvmm.irht.cnrs.fr/

Dresden, SLUB, Mscr. Dresd. P. 47
Dresden, SLUB, Mscr. Dresd. P. 47

Dresden, SLUB, Mscr. Dresd. P. 47, f.2v

This manuscript holds one of the earliest versions of Ulrich Füetrer’s Bayerische Chronik produced in 1478, and a series of portraits of Bavarian princes with verses and coats of arms. This section with the portraits and arms is probably of a slightly later date (based on the watermarks ca. 1480s) and stands in close relation to a later version of Füetrer’s chronicle.

Weblink: http://digital.slub-dresden.de/

Literature:

Jean-Marie Moeglin, ‘Das Reich und die bayerischen Fürsten in einer ersten (?) Fassung der Bayerischen Chronik von Ulrich Füetrer’  in: Paul-Joachim Heinig, Sigrid Jahns, Hans-Joachim Schmidt, Rainer Christoph Schwinges, and Sabine Wefers (eds.) FS Peter Moraw (Berlin, 2000) pp. 675–697

Birgit Studt, ‘Zwischen historischer Tradition und politischer Propaganda. Zur Rolle der ‘kleinen Formen’ in der spätmittelalterlichen Geschichtsüberlieferung’,  in:  Hagen Keller, Christel Meier, and Thomas Scharff (eds.) Schriftlichkeit und Lebenspraxis im Mittelalter, 76 (München, 1999) pp. 203-218

Antje Thumser, ‘Die ‘Bayerische Chronik’ des Ulrich Fuetrer († um 1496) – Neue Überlegungen zur Überlieferungsgeschichte’  in: Matthias Thumser (ed.), Editionswissenschaftliche Kolloquien 2005-2007 (Torún, 2008) pp. 303–322.

Heidelberg, UB, cod. pal. germ. 156
Heidelberg, UB, cod. pal. germ. 156, f.31r

Heidelberg, UB, cod. pal. germ. 156, f.31r

This is a German copy of Johannes de Thurocz’s Chronica Hungarorum, produced in Bavaria, probably in the 1490s. It contains miniatures of Hungarian rulers, some of which with their coats of arms.

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

Lisbon, Arquivo nacional da Torre do Tombo, Cartório da Nobreza, liv. 19
Lisbon, Arquivo nacional da Torre do Tombo, Cartório da Nobreza, liv. 19, f.59v

Lisbon, Arquivo nacional da Torre do Tombo, Cartório da Nobreza, liv. 19, f.59v

This luxurious Portuguese armorial is titled Livro do Armeiro-Mor. It was made in 1509, by the herald João do Cró and presents among others coats of arms of European kings and Portuguese nobility.

Weblink: http://digitarq.arquivos.pt/

München, BSB, cod. icon. 308
München, BSB, cod. icon. 308, f.29r

München, BSB, cod. icon. 308, f.29r

This manuscript presents a large number of coats of arms, around 1300, with an emphasis on southern Germany. According to the, probably not original, title inscription, it was made by the painter Nikolaus Bertschi (ca. 1480-1542) in Augsburg in 1515. The work was continued by others in the same and subsequent centuries.

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

Literature:

Catalogue description online

München, BSB, cgm 1952
München, BSB, cgm, 1952, f.14r

München, BSB, cgm, 1952, f.14r

This work is titled the Hofkleiderbuch of dukes William IV and Albert V, but contains more than that: a variety of coats of arms, from imaginary arms to southern German nobles and series of princes.  It stems from Bavaria and was made in the 16th century.

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

München, BSB, cgm 2822
München, BSB, cgm 2822, f.5v

München, BSB, cgm 2822, f.5v

This 16th-century manuscript displays portraits and coats of arms of Bavarian and Guelph princes. The second part (with the Guelph princes) shows large similarities with the manuscript Stuttgart, Württembergische Landesbibliothek, cod. hist. qt. 584, which is also in the Digitised Armorials list.

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

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 90
Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 90

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 90

This piece of parchment from the early 16th century describes the entries of the Hungarian Queen Anne de Foix in Italy in 1502. The description is accompanied by small collections of coats of arms. The maker of the manuscript was Pierre Choque. Unfortunately, only a black/white scan is available.

Weblink: http://gallica.bnf.fr/

 

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 1437
Paris, BnF, ms. fr 1437, f.5v

Paris, BnF, ms. fr 1437, f.5v

This 15th-century manuscript presents the Knights of the Round Table, with their coats of arms. Unfortunately, only a black/white scan is available.

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. 5240
Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 5240, f.13v

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 5240, f.13v

This paper manuscript with large collections of coats of arms was probably made during the reign of Francois I of France (1515-1547)

Weblink: http://gallica.bnf.fr/

 

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 12597
Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 12597, f.11r

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 12597, f.11r

This 15th-century manuscript presents the Knight of the Order of the Round Table, with their coats of arms.

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. 18649
Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 18649, f.1r

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 18649, f.1r

This armorial in a parchment manuscript was probably made in Lorraine in the first half of the 16th century.

Weblink: http://gallica.bnf.fr/

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 23989
Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 23989, f.21v

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 23989, f.21v

This late-15th– century manuscript is a copy of the genealogy of Pierre of Luxembourg and his wife Marguerite des Baux. The explicit states it was made in 1471, but it probably concerns a slightly later copy of the original (Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 5471). The texts in which the ancestors are described are accompanied by their coats of arms.

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

Literature:

Germain Butaud, ‘Enquête Généalogique et Histoire: l’Artois et Les Régions Voisines Dans La Généalogie de Luxembourg de Clément de Sainghin (1471)’ in : Alain Provost (ed.), Les Comtes d’Artois et Leurs Archives. Histoire, Mémoire et Pouvoir Au Moyen Age (Arras, 2012) pp. 133–60

Germain Butaud, ‘Généalogie et Histoire Des Rois Mages: Les Origines Légendaires de La Famille Des Baux (XIIIe-XVe S.)’ in : Famille et Parenté Dans La Vie Religieuse Du Midi (XIIe – XVe Siècle) (Toulouse, 2008) pp. 107–154

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 24339
Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 24399, f.91r

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 24399, f.91r

This copy of the Livre du coeur d’amour épris by René d’Anjou is a luxurious parchment manuscript with a large number of miniatures. It dates from the 1460s-1480s. One series present a scene where great historical leaders are commemorated, and their coats of arms are depicted on the miniatures.

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

Literature:

There are many works written on the Livre du coeur d’amour épris, too many to mention here. The following article deals with the heraldry in this book.

Florence Bouchet, ‘Rhétorique de l’héraldique dans le roman arthurien tardif: le ‘Meliador’ de Froissart et le ‘Livre du Cuer d’Amours espris’ de René d’Anjou’,  Romania 116 (1998) pp. 239–255.

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 25183
Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 25183, f.20r

Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 25183, f.20r

This 16th-century French armorial in a paper manuscript presents nobles of France under the reign of Francois I of France (1515-1547).

Weblink: http://gallica.bnf.fr/

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 646
Sankt Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, cod. sang. 646, f.41v

Sankt Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, cod. sang. 646, f.41v

This paper manuscript containing the Konstanzer Weltchronik by Gebhard Dacher is an autograph written in the 1460s/1470s in Constance. The text is accompanied by a considerable number of coats of arms.

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

Literature:

Theodor Ludwig, Die Konstanzer Geschichtschreibung bis zum 18. Jahrhundert (Strasbourg, 1894) p. 25 (accessible online)

Sandra Wolff, Die ‘Konstanzer Chronik’ Gebhart Dachers. ‘By des Byschoffs zyten volgiengen disz nachgeschriben ding vund sachen . ..’. Codex Sangallensis 646: Edition und Kommentar ( Ostfildern, 2008)

See Klaus Graf’s blogpost for a critique on this study and further references

Stuttgart, Württembergische Landesbibliothek, HB XIII 1
Stuttgart, Württembergische LB, HB XIII 1, f.10v

Stuttgart, Württembergische LB, HB XIII 1, f.10v

The Weingartner Liederhandschrift is a collection of German courtly poems accompanied by 25 miniatures. 20 of those contain coats of arms of the respective poets. This small parchment manuscript is dated on the first or second decade of the 14th century.

Weblink: http://digital.wlb-stuttgart.de/

Literature:

Carmen Kämmerer, ‘Die Weingartner Liederhandschrift in der Württembergischen Landesbibliothek Stuttgart’ in: Bibliotheksdienst 44, Nr. 6 (2010) pp. 553–564 (accessible online)

Stuttgart, Württembergische Landesbibliothek, cod. hist. qt. 420
Stuttgart, Württembergische Landesbibliothek, Handschrift Cod. hist. qt. 420, f.2v

Stuttgart, Württembergische Landesbibliothek, Handschrift Cod. hist. qt. 420, f.2v

This short book (8 folios), titled Geschlechtsregister der fränkischen Familie von Rossaw, presents coats of arms of the German Rossaw family.

Weblink: http://digital.wlb-stuttgart.de/

 

Stuttgart, Württembergische Landesbibliothek, cod. hist. qt. 584
Stuttgart, Württembergische LB, cod. hist. qt. 584, f.13r

Stuttgart, Württembergische LB, cod. hist. qt. 584, f.13r

This luxurious manuscript is usually called the Weingartner Stifterbüchlein. It contains a history of the Guelph family (and a bit of the Staufer), as the founders of the Weingarten monastery in southern Germany, illustrated by large portraits with coats of arms. The manuscript was probably produced around 1510.

Weblink: http://digital.wlb-stuttgart.de/

Literature:

Hans Ulrich Rudolf, ‘Kostbare Buchmalerei Als Politisches Manifest: Das Weingartener ‘Stifterbüchlein’’, Im Oberland 19 (2008) pp. 11–19.


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