Tagged: symbolic communication


Mohammed, Franco und andere Kastilier

  Mohammed? Franco?? Nein, keine Mohammed-Karikaturen, nur Bilder aus dem Palast Mohammeds V., der 1354 bis 1391 Emir von Granada war. Und nein, weder er noch der Generalissimo sind gebürtige Kastilier, wobei Mohammed immerhin Lehnsmann des kastilischen Königs war. Aber der Reihe nach: Die hinreißend schönen Palastanlagen der Alhambra in Granada sind berühmt, nicht zuletzt, seit ihrer romantischen Entdeckung als Beispiele eines “reinen” maurischen Stils. Ganz so rein ist...


[Paper:] Emiliano Bultrini (Rome), The power and its symbolism: Nobility, heraldry and topography in Rome between the 12th and 14th centuries

Since the last quarter of the Thirteenth century in Rome began a slow, but steady, use of Heraldry by the urban aristocracy. In particular, the most prominent aristocratic Roman baronial families, such as Colonna Orsini or Savelli, use it everywhere possible. An accomplice of this attitude was, also, influenced by the Angevin court following the French victory at Tagliacozzo. However, if on the one hand, it seems that the...


Research project: Heraldic Display and Discourse in the Early Modern Monarchy, 16th-17th Centuries

Summary The present project investigates the role of heraldry in the political culture and political representation of the early modern monarchy. It studies monarchical armorial symbolism as a dynamic visual code that was constantly reinterpreted to serve specific needs and circumstances. The royal monopolization of that visual code interfaced with the abstract notions of ‘authority’, ‘sovereignty’ and ‘dynasty’. In the process, it contributed significantly to the establishment of the...


Thorsten Huthwelker: Die Darstellung des Rangs in Wappen und Wappenrollen des späten Mittelalters (engl.: Study on the representation of rank in late medieaval coats of arms and armorials, forthcoming in July 2013)

Thorsten Huthwelker’s book on the representation of rank in late medieval coats of arms and armorials will soon be published at Thorbecke. I suppose it will resume his studies in the context of the ERC project “Rank and order: The Formation and Visualisation of the Social and Political Order of Princes in late Medieval Europe” under the direction of Jörg Peltzer at the University of Heidelberg (more details). In...


Christoph F. Weber (Braunschweig): Signs of Order and Revolt. Heraldic Communication in Communal Italy

Since the Middle Ages, the use of coats of arms and the practice of heraldry have been considered part of aristocratic culture.  Heads of families and communities, but first of all the heralds as experts in the service of kings and princes had the authority to create, construe and hand down coats of arms. This approach towards Medieval heraldry appears to have been determined by reference to the seignorial...

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