Tagged: coats of arms

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Das Sachsenross im Wappen der Welfen: Das lange Leben einer Legende

Als im Jahre 1995 die Ausstellung „Tapfrer Heinrich, sei willkommen!“ im Herzog-Anton-Ulrich-Museum, Dom und Landesmuseum in Braunschweig eröffnete, schrieb Rolf Michaelis in der Einleitung eines Artikels der Tageszeitung DIE ZEIT (Nº 34/1995) über Heinrich den Löwen und eben jene Ausstellung folgendes: „Verwirrung total. ‚Der Löwe’ ist Ehrenname des Mannes, dessen persönliches Wappentier jedoch ein goldenes Pferd ist (das springende weiße Niedersachsenroß bis heute)“. Es scheint an dieser Stelle, als...

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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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Legends in doubt – the end of medieval heraldry in the 17th century: On the continuity of medieval imaginary in early modern thought (Torsten Hiltmann) – Krems an der Donau, 16 May 2014

The proposed paper tries to offer new perspectives on the turn from the Middle Ages to modern times by not focusing on given events, but by considering the imaginary and the way of thinking during these times. This does not mean to just emphasise the medieval roots of those events which are usually used to mark the turn of times and thus to show and judge medieval foundations of...

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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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An Ordinary of Medieval Armorials

Background and purpose Which researcher has not been irritated of the unavailability of a source needed for study or reference. Though the recent years has seen a multitude of medieval armorials coming into print or be placed on the internet, it can still be difficult to find a needed item or to identify an unknown coat-of-arms. Except for two publications on English arms and a single index the available...

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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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Research Project: Coats of arms in practice. The history of heraldic communication in late medieval culture and society (12th to 15th centuries)

Summary: The aim of this project is to reassess medieval heraldry from a historical perspective. Drawing on cultural history in its approach, it shall unlock the value of heraldic sources and make them available to medieval scholarship. Combining the analysis of images, artefacts and architecture with written sources, and drawing together history, art history and philology, the project addresses the central question of how these once arbitrary signs could...

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Laurent Hablot (Poitiers): Two new brothers “de Bourbon”. Why did the duke of Bourbon in 1334 grant two unknown brothers nobility, his arms and his name?

The national archives of Paris kept a grant of arms gave to two brothers by the duke of Bourbon in 1344. By this, they are made noble and allowed to take the coat of arms of the old lordship of Bourbon and to use the name of Bourbon too. Why do they received such honor ? Are they some of his very close friends ? Are they his bastards, legitimate by...