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Proceedings of the workshop: ‘History of heralds in Europe (12th-18th c.)’ – Münster, 26-28 March 2014

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21/04/2014
Proceedings of the workshop: ‘History of heralds in Europe (12th-18th c.)’ – Münster, 26-28 March 2014

In spite of their prominent role in many aspects of political and cultural life, heralds have remained rather obscure historical figures. The two-part workshop ‘History of heralds’ aims to shed light on these elusive persons, their backgrounds, functions and meaning in medieval and early modern society. The first of this two-part workshop...
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The “History of heralds” book project – update

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17/04/2014
The “History of heralds” book project – update

The first of our workshops on the history of heralds was not only the occasion for a very stimulating exchange on the topic as such. In the latter half of the workshop, we also discussed the book project and its eventual content and structure in more detail. In the following, I will...
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Chapter 1: Introduction

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17/04/2014

The introduction of the book shall give a first initiation into the topic, demonstrating the variety of its history and its prolificacy. It shall provide a clear outline of the “wrong” ideas hitherto received on heralds (relationship to heraldry, organisation of ceremonies, etc.) and give a short account of the previous historiography...
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Chapter 2: The “story” of heralds: Development of the office (from 12th to 18th c.)

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17/04/2014

Chapter two shall give a first synthesis of the development of this office from its start at the tournaments of the 12th century in northwest Europe, its later spread all over the continent, to its further development until the end of the ancient regime. Even if they took place quite differently, there...
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Chapter 3: Particularities of the office and its history

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17/04/2014

In all diversity, there are also common points and continuities in the history of the office of arms. There are especially those particularities which define that office and contribute a great deal to its uniqueness. Those particularities are an absolute prerequisite to understand the functions and duties of the office of arms...
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Chapter 4: Functions, missions, responsibilities, expertise

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17/04/2014

As chapter 3 has portrayed the conditions of the doings of the office, chapter 4 shall deal with their duties as such, with their different functions and every-day business, but also with their expertise and their responsibilities, if there are some. In doing so, the introductory text of this chapter will not...
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Chapter 5: The writings by heralds

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17/04/2014

After Chapter 4 has dealt with the different duties of heralds, chapter 5 will develop on the direct witnesses of those doings made by the heralds themselves. It will offer a general survey and categorisation of the different writings by heralds and put them as well in a chronological and regional context....
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Chapter 6: Sources

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17/04/2014

Chapter 6 will rather focus on the practical side of doing research on heralds, presenting the whole range of possible sources to deal with when doing research on heralds. It gives also practical advices and information and puts out some ideas of what can be learned by it. It will also raise...
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Chapter 7: Tracks for research / Heralds as agents of different histories

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17/04/2014

The last chapter will give a summary of what has been said in the volume and put it in context in order to open new perspectives for further research. It will look again at the definition of heralds, already discussed in the introductory chapter and adjust it to the findings of the...
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Tools for research

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17/04/2014
Tools for research

There are two main tools that may help in writing this book and doing further research together. The database “Heraudica” This database goes back to my time at the German Historical Institute in Paris, where I created this database for a project called “Les hérauts d’armes dans les sources bourguignons (1386-1519)”. In...
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Heralds and Heraldry in the Middle Ages (Torsten Hiltmann)

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26/03/2014

Even if for us it is clear that the office of arms is much more than coats of arms and blazonry, it still seems to be a largely accepted idea – among heraldists, but also among historians – that heralds dealt almost exclusively with heraldry, and that, the other way around, heraldry...
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Henri Simonneau (Paris)

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25/03/2014

Henri Simonneau est agrégé d’histoire est docteur en histoire médiévale. Il a soutenu en 2010 sa thèse intitulée « Grandeur et décadence d’une institution aulique. Les hérauts d’armes dans les Pays-Bas bourguignons (1467-1519) » menée à l’université de Lille 3 sous la direction de Bertrand Schnerb (mention très honorable avec les félicitations du jury)....
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Les officiers d’armes de René II : des emblèmes vivants au service de la construction de l’État

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21/03/2014

Un colloque récent, tenu à Lille en septembre 2005, a permis de dresser un état des recherches sur les officiers d’armes européens. Les connaissances...
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Practical information on the workshop at Münster, 26-28 March 2014

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21/03/2014
City map Münster

Workshop Venue:  48143 Münster Johannisstr. 4 Room 101         Hotel for the participants: Conference Dinner, 26 March: Dinner, 27 March: Stadthotel Münster Aegidiistraße 21 «Pinkus Müller» Kreuzstr. 4 «Mocca d’or», Rothenburg 14-16  
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Vincent Belloy (Paris)

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18/03/2014

Étudiant en Master 1. J’ai intégré l’université Paris Sorbonne en 2012 après une hypokhâgne et une khâgne. En 2013-2014, je suis étudiant en Master 1 recherche d’histoire médiévale, sous la direction de Jean-Marie Moeglin dans cette même université. Passionné d’héraldique, j’ai naturellement voulu trouver un sujet de recherche qui toucherait à cette...
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Alexandre Grosjean (Dunkirk)

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18/03/2014

Formé à l’Université Paris X Nanterre et ayant travaillé sur le rapport entre diplomatie et historiographie à la fin du Moyen Age sous la direction du Professeur Franck Collard, Alexandre GROSJEAN achève actuellement une thèse de doctorat sur les Mémoires de Jean Lefèvre de Saint-Rémy, roi d’armes de l’ordre de la Toison...
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Pierre Couhault (Paris)

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16/03/2014

Formé à l’école nomale supérieure de Lyon, agrégé d’histoire, Pierre Couhault achève actuellement un doctorat à l’université Paris Sorbonne (IRCOM/Centre Roland Mousnier). Il y enseigne l’histoire moderne depuis 2008. Ses travaux portent sur l’office d’armes au XVIe siècle dans les cours flamandes et espagnoles des Habsbourg et de leur entourage.
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Bernd Klesmann (Cologne)

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16/03/2014

Dr Bernd Klesmann is research assistant at the University of Cologne. His areas of interest include international history in early modern Europe. In his book on 17th century declarations of war he discusses the impact of heraldry on diplomacy and international law: Bellum solemne. Formen und Funktionen europäischer Kriegserklärungen des 17. Jahrhunderts,...
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Programme: The History of Heralds in Europe (12th-18th c.). State of the art and new perspectives (Münster, 26-28 March 2014)

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16/03/2014
Programme: The History of Heralds in Europe (12th-18th c.). State of the art and new perspectives (Münster, 26-28 March 2014)

  26 March 2014 2:00 – 2:30 pm Welcome and introduction Torsten Hiltmann (Münster) 2:30 – 4:00 pm The Middle Ages: Between Perception and facts   Henri Simonneau (Lille) Le héraut d’armes, personnage de roman (XIIe-XVe siècles)   Otfried Krafft (Marburg) Heralds in medieval Hesse   Gemma Watson (Southampton) Roger Machado (d....
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Survey: What are the fundamentals about heralds?

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16/03/2014

In order to prepare the discussion about our collaborative book project, I’d like to start a little survey. Imagine you want to learn something about heralds. You have heard and read already something here and there, but now you need a consistent overview on the topic. What should you learn about heralds?...
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Publication of a new paper on Pierre Choque, Herald of Anne de Bretagne

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10/03/2014

I just received an offprint from Laurent Héry of a new paper he published on the life and work of Pierre Choque, the famous herald of Anne de Bretagne. Here the summary of the text as indicated at the end of the paper: “We know Pierre Choque, Anne of Britanny’s herald of...
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Otfried Krafft (Marburg)

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14/02/2014

Magisterstudium der Historischen Hilfswissenschaften, der Mittleren und Neueren Geschichte und Rechtsgeschichte in Marburg (bis 1996). Promotion über „Papsturkunde und Heiligsprechung“ in Marburg (2003), zuvor Mitglied des Graduiertenkollegs „Schriftkultur und Gesellschaft“ in Münster. Derzeit Habilitation über Landgraf Ludwig I. von Hessen (1402/13-1458), daher das Interesse an den hessischen Herolden zur Zeit dieses Fürsten.
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Ronny Andersen (Copenhagen)

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11/02/2014

Ronny Andersen (b. 1979), MA, aih, is a Danish historian and heraldic artist. Since 2005 he has been Royal Herald Painter and since 2012 also Special Heraldic Adviser at the Chapter of the Danish Royal Orders of Knighthood. Since January 2014 archivist at the Danish National Archives with special responsibility for the...
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Torsten Hiltmann (Münster)

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11/02/2014

Torsten Hiltmann is a Junior Professor for the High and Late Middle Ages and Auxiliary Sciences at the University of Münster. He is a specialist for late medieval courtly culture, heralds and heraldry and wrote his PhD thesis on the late medieval heralds’ compendia in France and Burgundy.
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Gemma Watson (Southampton)

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07/02/2014

Dr Gemma Watson is a medieval archaeologist and historian.  She completed her doctoral thesis on the fifteenth-century herald, Roger Machado, in 2013 at the University of Southampton.  Prior to this she worked within British commercial archaeology.  Her main specialisms and research interests currently are medieval material culture, interdisciplinary research, and the medieval...
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Heralds in medieval Hesse (Otfried Krafft)

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05/02/2014

Until the early 15th century the principality of Hesse in the centre of western Germany was in a very difficult position, as for many decades it was struggling with different coalitions of neighbouring nobles and princes. With landgrave Louis I. (1413/16-1458) this situation
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The book project

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29/01/2014

The workshop shall not lead to the usual kind of conference proceedings. The idea is rather to write some kind of a “Companion to the history of heralds” together. While there are already two good collections of papers on heralds, there has not been a structured overall assessment of the history of...
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