Category: Publications

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Recent Publications: Update October 2014

In this first post of this section we listed books and articles concerning medieval and early modern heraldry published since the start of 2013. If you now any interesting publications that are not in this list, please let us know, so we can include them in the next update           Books Biendiné, Dominique, Armorial de l’Ost de Flandre (1297) (Paris, 2013) Biendiné, Dominique, Armorial du...

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Thorsten Hutwelker, Die Darstellung des Rangs in Wappen und Wappenrollen des späten Mittelalters

Can one determine the rank of a person through his coats of arms? Can armorials be used to examine social hierarchy? These are the exciting questions posed by Thorsten Huthwelker in his book Die Darstellung des Rangs in Wappen und Wappenrollen des späten Mittelalters. He has chosen an interesting as well as a difficult object of study and this review will discuss whether Huthwelker managed to tackle the many...

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Héraldique et numismatique II

The second volume of Héraldique et numismatique, Moyen Age-Temps modernes is out now. Edited by Yvan Loskoutoff, this work deals with the interesting theme of the uses of heraldry on coins, medals and seals. It contains twelve contributions that treat the various aspects of this topic from the 12th to the 17th centuries. The book concentrates on three geographical areas. The first four articles have their focus on France,...

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Review on T. Huthwelker, Die Darstellung des Rangs in Wappen und Wappenrollen published on H-Soz-u-Kult

My review on Thorsten Huthwelker’s study on the representation of rank in late medieaval coats of arms and armorials has been published yesterday on H-Soz-u-Kult, the central online information and communication platform for historians in the German-speaking area. In his study, Thorsten Huthwelker tries to answer the questions “In what way did coats of arms could reveal the rang of their bearer?” and “To what extent did medieval armorials...

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Georg Scheibelreiter, Wappen im Mittelalter, Darmstadt 2014

There is no shortage on introductions to heraldry. Recent publications by for example Václav Vok Filip and Georg Scheibelreiter himself were added to the bookshelf already filled with classics such as Galbreath/Jéquier’s Lehrbuch der Heraldik and Neubecker’s Wappen.[1] This book, however, promises to be something different. It is not meant to be an introduction to nor a textbook on heraldry, but a study on the human need to identify...

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The Coat of Arms (vol. 9)

In the course of the last month a new issue of The Coat of Arms (CoA) was published and distributed to subscribers, bringing to completion volume 9. Of interest to followers of medieval and early modern heraldry in this volume are: Adrian Ailes on heraldic and other symbols of national identity on the Great Seals and coinage of England and Scotland Lisa Jefferson on Sir Sanchet d’Abrichecourt, a founder Knight of the...

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Edition de l’armorial municipal «Compendio das Armas dos Reynos de Portugal & Algarve & das Cidades & Villas principaes deles»

L’armorial Compendio das Armas dos Reynos de Portugal & Algarve & das Cidades & Villas principaes deles (Compendium des Armes des Royaumes de Portugal & Algarve & de leurs Cités & Villes principales), oeuvre inédite de Cristóvão Alão de Morais, vient d’être publié par le Centro Lusíada de Estudos Genealógicos e Heráldicos (Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa) et par l’éditeur Caminhos Romanos. Cet auteur a jusqu’à présent été considéré, à juste titre,...

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Propaganda im mittelalterlichen Mailand – das Wappen der Visconti

Die Schlange der Visconti ist ein noch heute sehr bekanntes, in italienischen Firmenlogos weiterlebendes Wappenbild. Auf den ersten Blick scheint es gerade durch seine einzigartige Komposition leicht zu entschlüsseln. Bei einer näheren Beschäftigung zeigt sich jedoch, wie schwer eine eindeutige Datierung und Herkunftsbestimmung dieses Wappenbildes ist. So ergeben sich bereits bei der Identifizierung des Wappentieres Probleme: Handelt es sich nun um eine Schlange? Einen Drachen? Die heraldische Bezeichnung „biscione“...

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Représentation du pouvoir et mise en scène héraldique dans la propagande par l’ image des Visconti. Compte-rendu de “Il potere raffigurato. Simbolo, mito e propaganda nell’ascesa della signoria viscontea” par Paolo Zaninetta

Au fil des siècles l’histoire des Visconti a attiré l’intérêt de nombreux érudits, d’abord, et historiens, après, visant à reconstruire les origines d’une famille qui donna naissance, à partir du dernier quart du XIIIe siècle, à la seigneurie régionale la plus durable et puissante de l’Italie septentrionale au Moyen Âge. Le début de cette domination se situe dans la victorieuse bataille de Desio du 1277, qui permit à l’archevêque...

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The Coat of Arms (vol. 8) II

The second part of CoA volume 8 has been issued, with several items of interest to the historian of medieval heraldry. Paul Fox examines relationships between early users of heraldry across western Europe and argues that participation in the Crusades was the common factor that prompted and hastened the spread of armorial display. Michael Hicks, professor of medieval history at Winchester University, recounts the peculiarly vehement and ultimately unsuccessful...

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The Coat of Arms: Journal of the Heraldry Society (UK)

This month sees the issue of part 1 of Coat of Arms (CoA) 3rd series, volume 8. Founded as a quarterly in 1952, the journal now comes out twice a year and is issued to members of the Heraldry Society and to subscribing institutions. It is intended to publish original scholarly research on heraldry and allied subjects. The contents of the new issue are as follows: ‘Incipient Armory’ in...

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Thorsten Huthwelker: Die Darstellung des Rangs in Wappen und Wappenrollen des späten Mittelalters (engl.: Study on the representation of rank in late medieaval coats of arms and armorials, forthcoming in July 2013)

Thorsten Huthwelker’s book on the representation of rank in late medieval coats of arms and armorials will soon be published at Thorbecke. I suppose it will resume his studies in the context of the ERC project “Rank and order: The Formation and Visualisation of the Social and Political Order of Princes in late Medieval Europe” under the direction of Jörg Peltzer at the University of Heidelberg (more details). In...