IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1629: Urban Culture vs. Courtly Culture?: The Place of Heralds in the Burgundian Netherlands

Thursday 12 July 2007, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Deutsches Historisches Institut, Paris
Organiser:Torsten Hiltmann, Deutsches Historisches Institut, Paris
Moderator/Chair:Gert Melville, Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte, Katholische Universität, Eichstätt / Institut für Geschichte, Technische Universität, Dresden
Paper 1629-aThe Office of Arms in Later Medieval Europe: New Approches, New Perspectives
(Language: English)
Torsten Hiltmann, Deutsches Historisches Institut, Paris
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Computing in Medieval Studies, Heraldry, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1629-bHeralds between City and Nobility in the Netherlands and the Burgundian State
(Language: English)
Franck Viltart, University de Lille III - Charles de Gaulle / Deutsches Historisches Institut, Paris
Index terms: Heraldry, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 1629-cThe Herald in the City: A Mirror of Urban Community?
(Language: English)
Henri Simonneau, Université de Lille III - Charles de Gaulle
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Heraldry, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Abstract

Hitherto, the history of heralds has been considered essentially as part of the court culture. The few heralds known to have served in urban service were regarded rather as curious side effects. But are they really?
In what concerns the Burgundian Netherlands, our recent research came to a different result. In some cases, heralds were engaged by cities even earlier than by nobility; and their responsibilities could largely exceed what was known until now. Introducing a new figure into urban history, this session will explore a new perspective, particularly with regard to cultural interferences between towns and nobility.