Tagged: armorials

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A world (map) of coat of arms: Richental’s mappamundi

The Aulendorf copy of Richental’s chronicle, today preserved in New York, is rightly famous as an important textual witness not only of the chronicle but also the armorial transmitted with the latter (see https://heraldica.hypotheses.org/2854 on the manuscript and the coats of arms it contains). Today, I would like to draw attention to a slightly hidden feature of the Aulendorf manuscript, namely the mappamundi it contains – a so-called ‘T-O...

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Programme: State-Rooms of Royal and Princely Palaces in Europe (14th-16th c.): Spaces, Images, Rituals – Lisbon/Sintra, 15-17 March 2017

From the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, European monarchies saw a gradual centralisation of power. This was accompanied by the dissemination of political ideas that contributed to the making of a new image of the prince, which relied on visual instruments to assert and construct the prince’s sovereign power. Royal and princely residences were at the centre of this phenomenon. In these privileged spaces, the sovereign accommodated an expanding...

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Richental-Rezeption in der Frühen Neuzeit: Ein weiterer Handschriftenfund

Das Wappenbuch, das mit der Richental-Chronik überliefert wurde, darf als eines der einflussreichsten Wappenbücher des Mittelalters gelten. Zu den offensichtlicheren Gründen dafür gehören seine frühe Entstehung (unter den universalen Wappenbüchern war es eines der frühesten, unter denen des frühen 15. Jahrhunderts eines der universalsten), das frühe Datum des Erstdrucks (1483) und sicher auch der Entstehungsort – im Oberrheingebiet entstanden nun einmal viele der großen Wappensammlungen, von denen viele (auch)...

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Show me a coat-of-arms: The Lyncenich armorial.

Elmar Hofman recently summarized a number of research problems concerning medieval armorials, among which were: by whom and for what purpose(s) were they made (https:/heraldica.hypotheses.org/4901 on 20/09/2016)? Though I know that Elmar does put great importance on knowing both content and context of any armorial studied, I felt that for the casual reader, he somewhat underplayed the descriptive work needed before any serious discussion can take place. That was...

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[CfP] State-Rooms of Royal and Princely Palaces in Europe (14th-16th c.): Spaces, Images, Rituals – Lisbon/Sintra, 15-17 March 2017

From the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, European monarchies saw a gradual centralisation of power. This was accompanied by the dissemination of political ideas that contributed to the making of a new image of the prince, which relied on visual instruments to assert and construct the prince’s sovereign power. Royal and princely residences were at the centre of this phenomenon. In these privileged spaces, the sovereign accommodated an expanding...

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The Bavarian Charlemagne: Communicating through attributed coats of arms

The series of Bavarian princes in a late 15th-century manuscript contains an interesting coat of arms attributed to Charlemagne. It differs slightly from the common design of his arms. This subtle variation can open a door to more insights into the function of coats of arms as a performative means of communication. Charlemagne’s arms This coat of arms of Charlemagne consists of three elements: per pale, the dexter half Or, a double-headed...

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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...

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The material of the Berry armorial

This is the second post in the series on armorials, in which each time a manuscript from the digitized armorials list will be highlighted (click here for the list). The armorial will not be treated in full, but specific aspects, problems or ideas will be discussed. Your thoughts on these issues are valuable and therefore you are more than welcome to share your ideas and comments.   Paris, BnF,...

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[Report:] Heraldry in Medieval and Early Modern State-Rooms, Münster 16-18 March

On 16-18 March 2016 the workshop Heraldry in Medieval and Early Modern State-Rooms took place in Münster. The origins of this workshop lay in the challenges of understanding the function of the heraldic display in one particular state-room: the sala dos brasões of the National Palace in Sintra, Portugal, dating from the early sixteenth century. The ceiling of this hall presents the coats of arms of the Portuguese royal...

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[Paper:] France et Castille. Les décors héraldiques de la « Salle de justice » de l’abbaye de Nanteuil-en-Valée, Charente (Matteo Ferrari)

Située à la frontière méridionale de l’ancien diocèse de Poitiers, depuis 2013 l’abbaye Saint-Benoît-et-Sainte-Marie de Nanteuil-en-Vallée fait l’objet, d’un chantier de fouilles et d’études programmées. Parmi les bâtiments qui composent le complexe monastique, l’attention des chercheurs a été retenue par un grand édifice, appelé l’«Hôtellerie », placé au sud-est du chevet de l’église abbatiale, entièrement détruite depuis la fin du XVIIIème siècle. Construit vers le milieu du XIIIème siècle et...

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[Paper:] Les programmes héraldiques des demeures patriciennes et seigneuriales du sud de la France à la fin du Moyen Âge (Laura Ceccantini, Delphine Grenet)

L’identification des fonctions originelles des espaces au sein de l’habitat civil médiéval est une des principales difficultés de leur étude, question pour laquelle l’héraldique joue un rôle privilégié. Les programmes héraldiques conservés dans les demeures méridionales françaises se caractérisent par leur emplacement sur les plafonds à poutres apparentes, contrairement aux armoriaux représentés habituellement sur les surfaces murales. Ces charpentes constituent un support privilégié dès la fin du XIIIe siècle...

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The Grünenberg armorial and seven of its copies: an assessment of the mutual dependency

Thanks to Heraldica Nova, we are witnesses of one of the most surprising findings in the modern research of medieval heraldry. It is now clear that the famous armorial of Conrad Grünenberg, which is carefully preserved in the Geheimes Staatsarchiv of Preussischer Kulturbesitz in Berlin (GStA PK VIII. HA, II 21) was not copied only once, as was generally accepted until recently, but that there exist several copies of...