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 this mean ? Cousins of the prince ? What are they allowed to be after this ? Why is the duke of Bourbon allowed to give nobility, name and arms at that time ? What means in fact this kind heraldic sharing at the beginning of the XIVth century ?
Date: 1 July 2013
Place: International Medieval Congress, Leeds,Session 107 (Medieval Heraldry Revisited I: Creating ties of visuality. Heraldry and the display of social relationships)