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“History of Heralds” Workshop Part II (25-27 March 2015, Münster)

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09/01/2015

The extent to which heralds contributed to the political and cultural life of the medieval and early modern periods has been underestimated, even neglected by historical scholarship so far. In 2014, the first part of the workshop series “History of Heralds” set out to change this, aiming to establish the foundation towards a renewed...
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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 was dedicated...
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Collaborative Bibliography on Heralds on Zotero

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24/01/2014
Collaborative Bibliography on Heralds on Zotero

In the context of the planned workshop and book project “The History of Heralds in Europe (12th-18th c.)“, we have opened a group on Zotero which is a free, easy-to-use tool, offering the opportunity to share and work on a collaborative bibliography. Usually, it takes quite some time to establish a profound bibliography on...
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José Antonio Guillen Berrendero (Madrid/Lisboa/Évora)

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10/02/2015

Born in Madrid (1972), and after my Doctor europeus at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, I was I Marie Curie Fellow, Post-doc Fellow and Professor-Researcher at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. During the last fourteen years I studied of the idea of nobility in Europe from a social history perspective. In this field, I analysed the...
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Thalia Brero (Geneva)

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10/02/2015

Docteur en histoire médiévale de l’Université de Lausanne, Thalia Brero a consacré sa thèse aux cérémonies princières dans le duché de Savoie. Elle s’intéresse tout particulièrement au rôle joué par les hérauts dans l’organisation et le déroulement des rituels de cour, ainsi qu’à leurs écrits sur le cérémonial, qu’ils soient normatifs ou littéraires. Actuellement...
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Wim van Anrooij (Leiden)

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08/02/2015

Wim van Anrooij (1957) is professor for Dutch Literature until Romanticism at the University of Leiden. He published Spiegel van ridderschap (1990), Helden van weleer (1997), Literarische Kleinformen im Spiegel mittelniederländischer Sammelhandschriften (2009) and De Mond der Waarheid (2011), and co-edited, among others, Early Modern Medievalisms: The Interplay between Scholarly Reflection and Artistic Production...
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João António Portugal (Lisbon)

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29/12/2014

João António Portugal, né en 1965 à Leiria, Portugal, au-delà de sa formation juridique (Université de Lisbonne), dont il fait profession, s’intéresse à l’histoire du phénomène héraldique. Il appartient à l’Institut Portugais d’Héraldique (Instituto Português de Heráldica – membre effectif), à l’Academie Lusitaine d’Héraldique (Academia Lusitana de Heráldica – fondateur), au Centre Lusiade d’Etudes...
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Pierre Choque, héraut et roi d’armes d’Anne de Bretagne

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01/07/2014

Les hérauts d’armes s’affirment, à la fin du Moyen Âge, comme des figures incontournables des cours européennes. Ces officiers, en raison des multiples activités qu’ils déploient au service des rois et des princes, jouent en effet un rôle éminent : ils portent lettres et messages, organisent les tournois, réalisent des armoriaux, préparent les cérémonies et...
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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 try to...
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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 that led...
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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 is apparently...
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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 in all...
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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 only display...
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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. It will...
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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 the question...
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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 volume. In...
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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 the context...
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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 (coats of...
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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). Il a...
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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 sur ces...
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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   Accommodation: 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 sphère d’étude....
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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 d’or, à...
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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, Mainz: Zabern,...
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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. 1510): a...
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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? What are...
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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 arms, because...
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