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[conference sessions] “Medieval Heraldry Revisited I-III”. Three Sessions at the International Medieval Congress Leeds 2013

Here is the programme of the tree sessions on medieval heraldry I’m organising at the International Medieval Congress at Leeds this year, which will take place 1-4 July. This sessions will in some way mark the start of my new research project “The performance of coats of arms” granted by VolkswagenStiftung: Session 107 (Monday, 1 July 2013, 11.15-12.45) Parkinson Building: Classics Library

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Jean-Christophe Blanchard (Nancy): The use of heraldic images by the patricians of Metz and by the recently ennobled men of the princes of Bar and Lorraine (15th century)

Feudal nobility and ruling dynasties are social categories which we would expect to use heraldry in order to claim their power and to communicate their ideas. But the patricians of Metz (a free imperial city) and the recently ennobled men of the princes of Bar and Lorraine were among the more frequent users of such images: the former to stand up to the local princes and neighbouring feudal nobility,...

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Christoph F. Weber (Braunschweig): Signs of Order and Revolt. Heraldic Communication in Communal Italy

Since the Middle Ages, the use of coats of arms and the practice of heraldry have been considered part of aristocratic culture.  Heads of families and communities, but first of all the heralds as experts in the service of kings and princes had the authority to create, construe and hand down coats of arms. This approach towards Medieval heraldry appears to have been determined by reference to the seignorial...

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[paper] Torsten Hiltmann (Münster): Heraldry and History – an odd though promising couple. Old misunderstandings and new perspectives

At the centre of this paper is the relationship between heraldry and history, or more precisely, heraldry and historical scholarship. The paper argues that by misunderstanding heraldic studies as being part of historical research and by reading and criticising heraldic studies as if they were historical studies, the highly important role heraldic sources can play for a better understanding of the medieval culture and society was largely overseen. Instead...