Category: Calls & Announcements

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[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 were to be found in manuscripts, on walls and ceilings, in stained glass and panel...

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[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 and some collections of coats of arms are not considered armorials. What is the difference?...

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[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 light of this predominance of the curial world, the celebration of civil power and heraldry...

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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)

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 la Bretagne un patrimoine héraldique monumental des plus riches et des plus abondants. Dans plusieurs...

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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)

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 offered by the appellant. As with the Admiralty, its jurisdiction took clearer form in the...

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[Paper:] Laura Cirri (Florence): Sacred space and family representation in Florence during the Trecento and the Quattrocento

In the Florentine urban space, churches soon became the medium, where families left lasting signs in the history and topography of the city. This paper aims to highlight the rich heraldic heritage, still existing in the different family chapels of the Florentine churches, other then the historical and architectural reasons. Many families were from the contado and moving to the city, they usually settled in the the district that...

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[CfP:] Héraldique & papauté : Moyen Age – temps modernes, histoire – histoire de l’art (Rome, 19-21 Mai 2016)

Au Moyen Age comme à l’époque moderne, la papauté dispose d’imaginaires variés pour alimenter sa communication institutionnelle. On pense d’abord à l’Ecriture Sainte ou à l’hagiographie, à l’histoire, antique ou récente, à la mythologie, mais on aurait tort de négliger l’héraldique. Un nouveau pape apporte avec lui les images de son blason qui paraissent sur les monnaies, sur les sceaux, sur les médailles, sur la vaisselle et les ornements...

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[CfA:] Batalha : lieu de mémoire de la dynastie d’Avis. À la recherche d‘une compréhension intégrée du monument et de son décor héraldique et emblématique

(For an English summary, please see below.) Non loin du lieu de la bataille d’Aljubarrota, où il avait remporté la décisive victoire du 15 août 1385 assurant ainsi l’indépendance du royaume envers son voisin castillan, le roi Jean 1er de Portugal voulut ériger un monument exceptionnel. Le monastère, dédié à Notre-Dame de la Victoire, et la ville qui grandit autour de lui furent connus par antonomase comme « Batalha...

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[Paper:] Ambre Vilain, « SIGILLA » Base numérique des sceaux français : Projet pour un outil électronique uniformisé base de données sigillographiques et archivistiques, Paris, 19 mars 2015

Summary: Next to armorials, seals are the most important source for heraldry, and thus seals are an indispensable source of any cultural history interested in heraldry, too. In France, the project SIGILLA is working towards a comprehensive database of seals from French archives. On 19 March 2015, Ambre Vilain will introduce the project to the public at the Archives nationales, Paris, as part of one of the Société française...

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[Paper:] Jean-Christophe Blanchard (Nancy), Metz, ville impériale, ville armoriale. Le patriciat, metteur en signes du théâtre urbain.

S’il est difficile de répondre de manière catégorique à la question posée par l’intitulé du présent colloque, il est en revanche plus évident d’y apporter quelques éléments de discussions et de nuances à partir du cas messin. Un cas atypique mais particulièrement révélateur du développement de l’héraldique médiévale en milieu urbain. Ville francophone, Metz était cependant une ville libre d’Empire, indépendante du royaume de France. Il revenait à son...

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[CfA] #inspireHeraldicaNova: Help us to make good things better!

For almost two years now Heraldica Nova has been around. We set out to create an interactive platform for people interested in research on cultural history and heraldry, and the feedback from you, our readers, has been extraordinarily positive. Ever since then, our audience kept growing—in January, we welcomed 5,000 unique visitors on our blog. A retrospect: research, resources, methods We want to offer scholars the chance to present...

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[CfA] Make a wish: Suggest Swiss manuscripts for digitisation at the ‘e-codices’ project

For historians working on manuscripts that are held in Swiss libraries, the e-codices project currently offers a unique opportunity: Until 1 March 2015, anyone can suggest manuscripts in Swiss archives or libraries for digitisation and publication in the project’s virtual library. In this way, 25 medieval and modern manuscripts, ‘which should be of major significance for research’ are meant to be made available in 2015, as the call for...