Tagged: visual culture

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[Paper:] Christoph Dartmann (Münster/Hamburg), Heraldry as element of the visual culture of late medieval Italian cities

The density of heraldic imagery in the Italian cities of the Late Middle Ages is the result of an interaction between different aspects: The cities are places where a large number of noble families live together in a situation of permanent competition. The fierce competition of the families leads to aggressive strategies of visualization of a family’s or a person’s status. The permanent ascent of new families increases the...

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[paper:] New perspectives on the armorial in the Schichtbuch (Elmar Hofman) – Wolfenbüttel 21 November 2014

The Schichtbuch is a renowned manuscript. Written in the 1510’s, it described the numerous civil revolts that struck Braunschweig in the Middle Ages. Various parts of this Schichtbuch have been subjected to thorough research, but there is one section that has been ignored by scholars: the armorial. That is a pity, since the armorial in the Schichtbuch is unique in several ways. It depicts the coats of arms of...

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The Power of Pedigree: The Stewart Dynasty and the Foundations of Royal Authority (Katie Stevenson)

This project provides a new understanding of the ways in which history was created and utilised in late medieval Scotland  – a key period in the nation’s past, when it was fully independent and a significant power in Europe. It concentrates on the period between the accession of the first Stewart king in 1371 and 1562, shortly after the return to Scotland of Mary Queen of Scots. The project...