IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 107: Medieval Heraldry Revisited, I: Creating Ties of Visuality - Heraldry and the Display of Social Relationships

Monday 1 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Dilthey Fellowship Project 'The Performance of Coats of Arms', Volkswagen-Stiftung
Organiser:Torsten Hiltmann, Historisches Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Moderator/Chair:Gert Melville, Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG), Technische Universität Dresden
Paper 107-aHeraldry and History: An Odd Though Promising Couple - Old Misunderstandings and New Perspectives
(Language: English)
Torsten Hiltmann, Historisches Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Index terms: Art History - General, Bibliography, Heraldry, Historiography - Modern Scholarship
Paper 107-bTwo New Brothers 'de Bourbon': Why Did the Duke of Bourbon in 1334 Grant Two Unknown Brothers Nobility, His Arms, and His Name?
(Language: English)
Laurent Hablot, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Charters and Diplomatics, Heraldry, Political Thought
Paper 107-cHeraldry in the Heart of a New Empire: Portugal at the End of the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Marta Gomes dos Santos, Departamento de História, Arqueologia e Artes, Universidade de Coimbra
Index terms: Art History - General, Heraldry, Mentalities, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy

In marginalizing coats of arms and leaving their analysis largely to the ancillary discipline of heraldry, medieval scholarship has robbed itself for a long time of a valuable resource. The aim of this series of sessions is to reassess medieval heraldry from a historical perspective and to cast new light on this largely underestimated group of sources. This first session aims to define the relationship between heraldry and history and will investigate how studying the use of coats of arms in different ways could open new perspectives on social relationships, their creation, confirmation and display in late medieval society.