IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1502: Illuminated Charters, I

Thursday 9 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Porta Historica: A Network of Scholars & Institutions Editing Historical Sources
Organiser:Andreas Zajic, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Moderator/Chair:Andreas Zajic, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Paper 1502-aIlluminated Charters in England, c. 1240-1509
(Language: English)
Elizabeth Ann Danbury, Department of Information Studies, University College London / International Centre for Archives & Records Research (ICARUS), University College London
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Charters and Diplomatics, Genealogy and Prosopography, Heraldry
Paper 1502-bThe Image of the Holy Face and Collective Indulgences
(Language: English)
Milada Studnicková, Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences, Praha
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Charters and Diplomatics, Mentalities, Theology
Paper 1502-cGrants of Arms and Letters Patent of Nobility Issued by 15th-Century Hungarian Kings
(Language: English)
Sonja Lessacher, Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, Universität Wien
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Charters and Diplomatics, Genealogy and Prosopography, Social History
Abstract

Medieval charters do not require any artistic features in order to gain legal force and validity. Yet those who commissioned the engrossment of an act were certainly aware of the fact that the make-up of the document and its external elements had a certain impact on the beholders. Illuminated charters are legal texts and works of art at the same time, thus offering the chance to identify the context of their production precisely. Usually, they indicate the institutions and persons involved in the legal act as well as the place and time, where and when they were drawn up. The session gathers papers on stocks of illuminated charters from England, Bohemia, and Hungary.