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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 315: Modeling for Codicology, Heraldry, and Palaeography

Monday 3 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Moderator/Chair:Dominique Stutzmann, Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes (IRHT), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
Paper 315-aMedieval Manuscripts in Flemish Collections: Modeling Codicological Descriptions for a New Database of Medieval Manuscripts in Flanders
(Language: English)
Godfried Croenen, Department of French, University of Liverpool
Index terms: Bibliography, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Technology
Paper 315-bCoats of Arms Entangled in Their Contexts: The Representation and Analysis of the Use of Coats of Arms in the Middle Ages with the Digital Heraldry Ontology
(Language: English)
Torsten Hiltmann, Historisches Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Philipp Schneider, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Art History - General, Computing in Medieval Studies, Heraldry
Paper 315-cTangled Methods, Tangled Scribes: Mixing Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Scribal Hand Analysis
(Language: English)
Sebastian Dows-Miller, Faculty of Medieval & Modern Languages, University of Oxford
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Manuscripts and Palaeography

Paper -a:
Since 2019 the MMFC (Medieval Manuscripts in Flemish Collections) project and the successor project 'Comites latentes' systematically collect information on all pre-1601 manuscripts and fragments held in public or semi-public collections in Flanders. The project has added significantly to the knowledge about the manuscripts in Flemish collections, which total to more than 5,000, almost twice as many as originally estimated. The MMFC online database combines standard bibliographical metadata with detailed codicological descriptions and digital illustrations that are useful for a wide range of end users, who can query the data interactively and download or download them for further analysis.

Paper -b:
In order to use coats of arms as visual sources, their blazoning as well as their concrete material tradition and the contexts of their contemporary use must be taken into account. In our paper we present an approach that brings all this together in a machine-readable and interoperable way and makes it accessible for detailed analysis.We will show how this allows us to trace the evolution of heraldic images over time, but also to examine the interconnectedness of their various contexts of use (whether on murals, manuscripts, seals, coins, etc.), including their various datings, geolocations, and the entities identified in this way, making the most of the large collection of data we have assembled so far.

Paper -c:
The effectiveness of traditional palaeographical techniques in determining scribal hands in manuscripts is well-established. More recent work has also revealed the utility of data-driven techniques in answering the same questions. This paper attempts to display the value of an approach to the question of scribal hands that combines both methods, through a case study on the 14th-century codex Paris, Biblioteque National Francais, fr. 24432, a tangled, interconnected collection of around 90 texts in Old French, whose scribal stints have long confounded scholars. Through such a mixed-method approach, we are able for the first time to shed light on this conundrum.