Badges – A European Emblematic Code (1350 -­ 1550) (Batalha [Portugal], 18-­20 september 2014)

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The badge, an original emblematic code created in the 14th century, currently constitutes an object of renewed and dynamic scholarly study throughout Europe and beyond. A large number of recent international publications (books, articles, websites) have drawn attention to these ubiquitous elements of the emblematic and ornamental vocabulary of late medieval and early modern times. However, the growing interest in this object of study – true expression of the culture and mentality of its time – had yet to result in a specific scientific event in which scholars could share their knowledge and questions. Under the coordination of two renowned researchers in this area, Miguel Metelo de Seixas (IEM/CHAM – Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and Laurent Hablot (CESCM – Université de Poitiers) this project aims at bringing together specialists in late medieval emblematics for a three–‐day event. The venue for this conference – the Monastery of Batalha, pantheon of the Avis dynasty – is a particularly fitting choice as it will bring to the attention of the academic community the often–‐forgotten richness of late medieval Portugal, and the dynamic research being currently developed on this period. Moreover, due to its exuberant heraldic decoration, the Batalha Monastery constitutes a badge museum in itself, thus providing an ideal setting for a conference on the subject. This emblematic code was indeed keenly cultivated with rare splendour by the Avis dynasty, and was constantly renewed by ongoing influences from several European kingdoms of which Portugal became, to a certain extent, a crossroads.

Scientific Committee: • Michel Pastoureau (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris), • Werner Paravicini (Université de Kiel), • Eduardo Pardo de Guevara (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas), • Maria de Lurdes Rosa (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), • Saul António Gomes (Universidade de Coimbra),• Laurent Hablot (Université de Poitiers), • Miguel Metelo de Seixas (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

Organising Committee: • Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale / Université de Poitiers, • Instituto de Estudos Medievais / Universidade Nova de Lisboa,• Centro de História d’Aquém e d’Além Mar / Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Mosteiro da Batalha / Direcção Geral de Património Cultural, • Instituto Português de Heráldica, • Centro de Património da Estremadura

Batalha (Portugal), 18-­20 september 2014

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Cite the article as: Torsten Hiltmann, "Badges – A European Emblematic Code (1350 -­ 1550) (Batalha [Portugal], 18-­20 september 2014)", in: Heraldica Nova: Medieval and Early Modern Heraldry from the Perspective of Cultural History (a blog), published: 05/02/2014, Internet:





Torsten Hiltmann

Torsten Hiltmann is Juniorprofessor for the High and Late Middle Ages and Auxiliary Sciences at the University of Münster. He is interested in medieval and early modern visual communication and heraldry, the medieval notion of kingship and the methods and technologies of Digital Humanities.

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