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Heraldic Language in French Narrative of 12th-13th centuries

  In memory of Gerard J. Brault, 1929-2020   Being an MA in linguistics I was invited in 2013 by the group of Heraldry and Genealogy Project of the Institute of World History, Moscow, to conduct research on blazon as a professional language of heraldry. The idea was to add a new – linguistic – perspective to a primarily historical topic. When I started my inquiries in the world...


Recent Publications – Update November 2020

As the days get both shorter and colder again and we all have to social distance in these times, how about some new reading material? This list contains publications on heraldry as well as articles and books in which heraldry plays a supporting role. Since our last update a number of interesting articles have been published which we would like to give an overview of. This overview is certainly...


News on “Heraldica Nova” and the “Coats of Arms in Practice” Project

Lately it has become a little quieter on Heraldica Nova. This was partly due to the effects of the Corona pandemic, which has not left us unaffected as well, but above all to the relocation of the research project “Die Performanz der Wappen” from Münster to Berlin to the Humboldt University, where Torsten Hiltmann was appointed to the Chair of Digital History. As some time has passed since the...

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CfP: Heraldic Imagination in the Netherlands, 1500-1800

Panel at the Historians of Netherlandish Art Conference (Amsterdam, 2-5 June 2021) Originally hereditary symbols of the medieval noble elite, from the late-14th century onwards crests, coat of arms and blazons were increasingly altered, added to and custom made for members of other, emancipatory social groups, most notably the urban elites. Merchants, for example, formed a fast growing, powerful professional segment of early modern European society – especially in...


Report de mes trois dernières conférences à Paris (mars/avril 2020)

Comme vous vous en doutez certainement déjà, les conférences à Paris, qui n’ont pas encore eu lieu, doivent malheureusement être reportées à cause de la crise actuelle. Il s’agit des conférences de 25 et 26 mars ainsi que de 7 avril. S’il y a de nouvelles dates, je les annoncerai ici. En attendant, veuillez rester en bonne santé et faire attention à vous.


Mars 2020 – Série de conférences à Paris sur des nouvelles approches pour l’étude de l’héraldique médiévale

En mois de mars, je vais être professeur invité à l’École des Hautes Études à Paris, à l’invitation de Laurent Hablot. Dans le cadre de cette fonction, je vais présenter une série de conférences:   Entre histoire culturelle et humanités numériques Nouvelles approches pour l’étude de l’héraldique médiévale et du début de l’époque moderne   La réémergence de la communication visuelle au XIIe siècle – la naissance des armoiries...


Papers from the Coat of Arms no.235 (2018) are now available online on the Heraldry Society website

Abstracts of papers visit www.theheraldrysociety.com The heraldry and badges of King Richard II at Westminster Hall, Palace  of Westminster.  By D. Mark Collins. King Richard II ordered a major remodelling of the Great Hall at Westminster in the Perpendicular Gothic style, and the work took  place between late 1393 and 1401. The hall was heightened, with the addition of a decorative string course, and above that new windows, and...



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...


[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...


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...


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...


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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