IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 207: Medieval Heraldry Revisited, II: Between City and Nobility - Heraldry and the Question of Status

Monday 1 July 2013, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Dilthey Fellowship Project 'The Performance of Coats of Arms', Volkswagen-Stiftung
Organiser:Torsten Hiltmann, Historisches Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Moderator/Chair:Mario Damen, Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Respondent:Christof Rolker, Exzellenzcluster 'Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration', Universität Konstanz
Paper 207-aSigns of Order and Revolt: Heraldic Communication in Communal Italy
(Language: English)
Christoph Friedrich Weber, Historisches Seminar, Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina, Braunschweig
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources, Heraldry, 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 second session will examine the heraldic practices of the city councils and patricians in Northern and Central Italy, in Cologne and in Metz, and contrasts the findings with the use of heraldry by recently ennobled families. Amongst other questions, this session will ask: what can heraldic sources tell us about visual strategies of social status and distinction?