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SUBPROJECT ON ARMORIALS IN MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS REACHES ITS CONCLUSION

This week, Elmar Hofman handed in his dissertation on armorials in Dutch, German and French manuscripts from the thirteenth to the early sixteenth centuries, a subproject of the “Performanz der Wappen” research project. In this dissertation, Hofman pursues the question as to how armorials in medieval manuscripts can be studied as means of communication and historical sources. He presents a diversified approach, taking into account various aspects of a...

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[CfP:] 2nd International Congress about Heraldry – 2ème Congrès International sur l’Héraldique – October 5, 2019 (invitation and program)

The program of the 2nd International Congress on Heraldry is now available. The conference will take place in the Palazzo Pretorio, Buggiano (Pistoia – Italie), on Saturday 5 October 2019. See the full programme on the poster below. L’argomento può essere affrontato sotto qualsiasi aspetto inerente a stemmi, imprese e raffigurazioni affini, anche sotto un’ottica storica, artistica, architettonica, giuridica o similari, purché connessa a situazioni iconografiche “di periferia” o...

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New Website for the Study of Medieval Badges

Professor Ann Marie Rasmussen (University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) has produced a website on medieval badges with the support of an Insight Grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The website shares knowledge about medieval badges (including badges with heraldic designs) and ideas and tools for studying them. The website makes available in an open-access format research produced by students that has been reviewed by...

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La Cour amoureuse, dite de Charles VI : héraldique, politique, société et culture au XVe siècle

Conférence d’Hélène Loyau et Clara Bozzolo à la Société française d’héraldique et de sigillographie à l’occasion de la sortie du t. IV de l’Armorial de la Cour amoureuse, Paris, Le Léopard d’or. Paris, Centre d’accueil et de recherche des Archives Nationales, 11, rue des Quatre Fils, Paris 75003. Salle d’Albâtre. 21 mars 2019, 17h. Entrée libre dans la limite des places disponibles. Ce quatrième et dernier volume achève de...

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Three Dynasties, One Armorial: Cranachs, Wettins and Habsburgs in Manchester, John Rylands Library, German MS. 2

Manchester’s John Rylands Library is the custodian of a high-quality sixteenth-century German armorial (available online) which has only recently been studied in detail for the first time. In an article for the latest issue of the Bulletin of the John Rylands Library1 I have advanced three main hypotheses concerning the genesis of German MS. 2 (henceforth Rylands German 2): that it was produced in 1565 in the renowned Wittenberg...

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Recent publications. Update January 2019

This list contains publications on heraldry as well as articles and books in which heraldry plays a supportive part. It provides an overview of interesting reads that have been published since our last update, including recent publications that we missed last time but definitely deserve mentioning. The overview is not complete. If you know of any new publications, please let us know by using the comment box below, and we...

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[CfP:] Heraldic Hierarchies: Identities, Status and State Intervention in Early Modern Heraldry (XXIth Colloquium of the International Academy of Heraldry)

French version below. 18–20 September 2019 Antwerp: Grauwzusters Cloister of the University of Antwerp Over the past decades, the study of the adoption and use of arms within a wide range of social groups has questioned the exclusive association between heraldry and nobility. Yet, while considerable research has been done on the medieval heydays of the system, historians as well as heraldists usually steer clear from later developments. This...

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Armoiries et insignes d’Ezzelino da Romano, tyran de Padoue: une équivoque qui a la vie dure

Autruche à crête tenant dans son bec un fer à cheval. Cimier ouvert avec couronne, prérogative des grandes familles, croix sur la partie antérieure du cimier, signe que la famille a participé aux Croisades, le bleu étant la couleur des croisés italiens. L’écu est parti: les lys sont un élément caractéristique des Guelfes et ont peut-être été adoptés par Ezzelino le Bègue; les Gibelins utilisaient le lys ouvert. Les...

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“Dictionary of British Arms. Medieval Ordinary” (4 vols) available in Open Access

In four volumes, the Dictionary of British arms gathers the known coats of arms from the British Isles from the beginning of heraldry up to 1530. Unlike other instruments like the Rietstap or the Siebmacher, here the coats of arms are not arranged by the names of their bearers but – as a so called “Ordinary” – by their figures. This approach makes it much easier to identify unknwon...

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Zwischenstand und Ankündigungen

Es ist einigen sicher nicht entgangen, dass unser Blog Heraldica nova in der letzten Zeit etwas verstummt ist. Dies liegt unter anderem daran, dass sich die erste Förderphase des „Performanz der Wappen“-Projektes langsam dem Ende nähert und wir uns  – neben all den anderen Verpflichtungen und Engagements – gerade vorrangig um die Publikation der Projektergebnisse kümmern. Das meint unter anderem die zwei bzw. drei noch ausstehenden Tagungsbände, von denen als...

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Digitale Heraldik. VolkswagenStiftung bewilligt Fortsetzung des „Performanz der Wappen“ Projektes

Eine Mitteilung in eigener Sache: Bereits seit längerem arbeite ich ja daran, die neuen kulturhistorischen Ansätze zur mittelalterlichen Heraldik mit den Methoden der Digital Humanities zu verbinden und zu erweitern. Diese Bemühungen waren unter anderem Gegenstand eines Antrags bei der VolkswagenStiftung zur Fortsetzung des Projektes „Die Performanz der Wappen“ in genau diese Richtung. Ich freue mich sehr, nun mitteilen zu können, dass dieser Antrag bewilligt wurde. Die VolkswagenStiftung wird...

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[Paper:] Dominique Delgrange: Martin Doué. Un peintre en armoiries, poursuivant d’armes à Lille (1572-1638) – Paris, 15 Mars 2018

Une conférence organisée par la Société française d’héraldique et de sigillographie (SFHS)   Lieu: Archives nationales, « Salle d’albâtre » du CARAN – 11, rue des Quatre Fils, Paris 75003   Date: 15 mars 2018, Entrée à 17 heures, dans la limite des places disponibles