IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 234: Honour, Family, and Collective Memory in England and Germany, 1250-1500: The Country and the City

Monday 2 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Department of History, Durham University
Organiser:Christian Liddy, Department of History, Durham University
Moderator/Chair:Craig D. Taylor, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Paper 234-aShields of Chivalry and History: Grants of Arms and the Visual Communication of Corporate Identity in England and Germany
(Language: English)
Marcus Meer, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Art History - General, Heraldry, Social History
Paper 234-bThe Scrope versus Grosvenor Controversy: A 'matter of common fame and report'
(Language: English)
Rhiannon Elizabeth Snaith, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Heraldry, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 234-cFamily, Lineage, and Dynasty in the Late Medieval City
(Language: English)
Christian Liddy, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Abstract

This session explores the multiple meanings, sources, and manifestations of ‘honour’ in a variety of contexts: rural, urban, English, continental. Paper -a reveals how the rhetoric in grants of arms to London companies and Augsburg guild chronicles was concerned with ‘honour’, ‘history’, and chivalric conduct, fashioning corporate arms as visual representations of corporate identity. Paper -b uses the Scrope versus Grosvenor case of 1385 to demonstrate the role that heraldic arms, public display, and the past played in the creation of individual and family reputation amongst the knightly classes in late medieval England. Paper -c asks whether the apparent absence of urban dynasties in late medieval England – in contrast to Italy, the southern Low Countries, and Germany – shaped a different understanding of ‘honour’, which was not attached to lineage and the family name.