IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 307: Medieval Heraldry Revisited, III: Beyond Worldly Bonds - The Spiritual Capacity of Heraldry in the Visual World of the Late Middle Ages

Monday 1 July 2013, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Dilthey Fellowship Project 'The Performance of Coats of Arms', Volkswagen-Stiftung
Organiser:Torsten Hiltmann, Historisches Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Moderator/Chair:Torsten Hiltmann, Historisches Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Paper 307-aHagiographical Heraldry and the Plantagenets: St George, Edward the Confessor, and the Arms of England, c. 1259-1363
(Language: English)
James Hillson, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Art History - General, Hagiography, Heraldry, Political Thought
Paper 307-bThe Heraldry of Sin and Virtue: Coats of Arms in Images of Spiritual Combat
(Language: English)
Lukas Wolfinger, Abteilung für Lateinische Philologie des Mittelalters und der Neuzeit, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Index terms: Heraldry, Language and Literature - Latin, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 307-cLe contenu spirituel des devises princières: le cas de Marie de Castille, reine d'Aragon
(Language: Français)
María Narbona Cárceles, Departamento de Historia Medieval, Ciencias y Técnicas Historiográficas y Estudios Árabes & Islámicos, Universidad de Zaragoza
Index terms: Art History - General, Heraldry, Lay Piety, Political Thought

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 third session will look at how, beyond persons, families, seigneuries and offices, heraldry could also refer to ideas and concepts, and will thus give new insights into political programmes, and into contemporary spirituality and mentality. By doing so, it will question the capacities and limits of coats of arms as opposed to related means of visual representation.