[Publication] Heraldry in Medieval and Early Modern State Rooms (Heraldic Studies 3)

Just in time for Christmas, we are pleased to announce the publication of the long-awaited third volume of the “Heraldic Studies” series. Under the title “Heraldry in Medieval and Early Modern State Rooms” Miguel Metelo de Seixas and Torsten Hiltmann present a collection of fifteen richly illustrated articles that have emerged from the corresponding workshop held at the University of Münster from 16 to 18 March 2016. The volume will be sent out in December and can already be ordered via Jan Thorbecke Verlag, Amazon (Amazon.de, and in the next days also at Amazon.fr, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com) or, preferably, at your local bookstore.

Heraldic Studies 3 - Cover

Cover of “Heraldry in Medieval and Early Modern State Rooms”.

Synopsis: Heraldry was an omnipresent feature of medieval and early modern state rooms and thus a crucial element to the visual programme in palaces, castles, residences and town halls. In spite of its massive presence, its function and significance have hardly been investigated and its specific contribution to these spaces has often been neglected. This collection of papers shows to what extent coats of arms contributed to or even shaped the communication of these rooms and demonstrates how heraldic programmes provide a better understanding of the strategies of self-representation and communication of their commissioners and users. In so doing, the authors offer first guidelines on how to approach these rich and complex sources and how to use them to better comprehend medieval and early modern state rooms and their cultural and political settings.

Take a glance into the book


Table of Contents

A sample page from the “Heraldry in Medieval and Early Modern State Rooms” volume.



Heraldic Decor as a Research Problem
The »Sala dos Brasões« of the Sintra Palace and Heraldry in Medieval and Early Modern State Rooms
Miguel Metelo de Seixas (Lisbon)
Torsten Hiltmann (Berlin)

Kings (and Governors) – Palaces

Heraldry, Time and the King’s Two Bodies
The Palace and Abbey at Westminster, 1253–1363
James Hillson (Cambridge)

Display in the Great Palace of Hunedoara Castle
Radu Lupescu (Cluj-Napoca)

Décoration héraldique et emblématique des Rois Catholiques au Palais de l’Aljafería de Saragosse (c. 1488–1504)
María Narbona Cárceles (Saragosse)

Noblemen – Castles

Cycles héraldiques aux pieds des monts
Typologies, sens et évolution des salles armoriées des Alpes occidentales (XIVe–XVIIe siècle)
 Luisa Clotilde Gentile (Turin)

Establishing a Royal Connection
Tudor Iconography and the Creation of a Dynastic Grand Narrative
Audrey M. Thorstad (Bangor)

Heraldic Self-Representation in Roman and Latial Residences (1500–1630)
Andreas Rehberg (Rome)


Cities – Town Halls

History on the Walls and Windows to the Past
Heraldic Commemoration of Historical Identity in Late Medieval English and
German Town Halls
Marcus Meer (Durham)

La décoration picturale de la grand-salle du Palais de la Commune d’Orvieto
Giampaolo Ermini (Sienne)

Dynastique, impérial ou local?
Les décors intérieurs des hôtels de ville et de châtellenies dans le comté de Flandre
au milieu du règne de Charles Quint  
Pierre Couhault (Paris)


Patricians – Urban Houses

Facebook avant la lettre
Fictive Friends and Heraldic Allusions in Medieval Urban Houses
Sabine Sommerer (Zurich)

Les programmes héraldiques des demeures patriciennes du sud de la France
auXVe siècle
Laura Ceccantini, Delphine Grenet (Paris)


Ecclesiastical Contexts – Abbeys and Churches

France et Castille
Les décors héraldiques de l’»Hôtellerie« de l’abbaye de Nanteuil-en-Vallée (Charente)
Matteo Ferrari (Poitiers)

Le cycle héraldique du couvent des Jacobins de Poitiers
Un armorial des morts de la bataille de Poitiers 1356?
 Laurent Hablot (Paris)

Spaces of Many-Faced Majesty
Heraldic Church Interior and the Redefinition of a »Political« Community
During the Dutch Revolt (1566–1598)
Steven Thiry (Antwerp)


Reception in the 19th Century

The Gothic Drawing Room at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire
A.W.N. Pugin’s perception of a medieval interior.
Judith Berger (Cottbus)


This publication has been funded by the Volkswagen Foundation as part of the Dilthey Fellowship project »Die Performanz der Wappen« (Coats of Arms in Practice).

Cite this blog post
Heraldica Nova (2020, December 7). [Publication] Heraldry in Medieval and Early Modern State Rooms (Heraldic Studies 3). Heraldica Nova. Retrieved May 26, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.58079/pi1v

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3 Responses

  1. Hoffmann, Albrecht says:

    Die neuzeitliche reformatorische Ratsgesellschaft findet sich auch heraldisch in ehemaligen Kapellen der Heiligen wieder. Siehe: Der Herold, Neue Folge Band 19,Jahrgang58 (2015) Heft 3-4; Entschlüsselte Wappen und Marken von Ratsherren in der Stendaler Marienkirche.

  2. GG says:

    Really interesting! I hope it is also available on amazon.it.

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