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Early Heraldry in the Late Romanesque Wall Paintings of the Church of Artins (France)

Forgotten in the depot of the ‘Kunstsammlungen’ in Coburg Castle for decades, a ‘medieval tapestry’ was rediscovered in 2014. Soon after, it was determined, that the ‘tapestry’ was not in fact a tapestry, but a medieval wall painting that had been removed using the so called ‘strappo’-method.[1] Besides the monumental battle scene, three smaller painted fragments – showing early modern coats of arms – were also found in Coburg...


[Report] Seals and Linked Open Data, December 2nd to 8th 2020

From 2 to 8 December, the symposium Seals and Linked Open Data was held as part of the online Linked Pasts 6 conference. The symposium was organised by John McEwan, Associate Director of the Center for Digital Humanities at Saint Louis University. Three webinar panels during the event brought together several experts on sigillography from research institutions, museums and archives who presented various projects, databases and ontologies on sigillographic...


[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...


[Paper] Detection, Description, Analysis – Towards an Integrated Approach to Heraldic Representations on Seals using Machine Learning and Semantic Web Technologies (Linked Pasts 6 Conference, 2 December 2020)

From 2 December to 16 December 2020, the sixth edition of the conference Linked Pasts, organised by the Institute of Classical Studies in London, will be held online. Linked Pasts is an annual conference on the use of Linked Open Data for the study of history. This year, one of the panels of the conference, organised by the Center for Digital Humanities at the University of Saint Louis, will...


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] 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.


[Conférence] 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 235 (2018) Now Available Online

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...

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