Category: Publications

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Recent publications – Update October 2015

In the second post of this section we listed books and articles on medieval and early modern heraldry that have been published over the last year. Behind some of the titles you can click on the link for more information on the publication, such as summaries on websites of the publishers. We intend to provide an overview of recently published articles and books more regularly. To keep track of...

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The Coat of Arms 11 (2015) part 1

A new issue of The Coat of Arms (CoA), journal of The Heraldry Society, is published and distributed this week. Of interest to medieval heraldry are articles by Sir John Baker on early heraldic harness pendants (drawing for illustration on his own collection of these items; shown here a pendant found at Fincham in Norfolk bearing the arms of Richard of Cornwall, Count of Poitou) and Robert W. Jones...

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Stadtpatrone und Heraldik als Elemente städtischer Identität: Überlegungen in Anlehnung an den Sammelband ‘Santi, patroni, città: immagini della devozione civica nelle Marche’

For an English summary, see below. Am 30.11.1377 wurde das Städtchen San Ginesio in der italienischen Provinz der Marken von Truppen der nahen Stadt Fermo angegriffen. Dabei, so will es die Legende, soll der Heilige Andreas über der Stadt erschienen sein und die Angreifer in die Flucht geschlagen haben. Ein Altarbild des Nicola von Siena aus der Mitte des 15. Jahrhunderts zeigt diese Schlacht um San Ginesio samt himmlischem...

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[Publication:] François Boniface, Les Rois de la Fête de l’Épinette de Lille

The well-known armorials of the Epinette reproduce with some differences a manuscript presented to the city council of Lille by Nicolas Tournemine and Jean de Villers in January 1566. The oldest version of these armorials, which may have served them as model, was drafted and painted by Gaspard Dubois, pursuivant of arms of the city of Lille, at the end of the fifteenth century, but disappeared long ago. Between...

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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“...