Publication of a New Paper on Pierre Choque, Herald of Anne de Bretagne

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 he is writer of the burial of the latest Duchess and Queen in 1514 ; we also know him due to the poem he wrote in memory of the tragic sinking of the Cordolière off the coast of Brest in 1512. The information we have on his family, his social origins, his education and his career remain unclear. However one of his textes dated from 1502, as he was travelling around Venice and Hungary, reveals his working experiences, his personality and his writing skills.”

I think the headlines of the different chapters of the paper will give you a good impression of its content:

Pierre Choque, héraut et roi d’armes d’Anne de Bretagne, voyageur et écrivain

– Pierre Choque, héraut et roi d’armes « Bretagne »
— Les hérauts d’armes : données générales et cas breton
— Pierre Choque : un homme mal connu
— Le metier de héraut vu par Pierre Choque

– Un voyageur et un écrivain au service d’Anne de Bretagne
— Les voyages du héraut “Bretagne”
— Un récit vivant, émouvant, personnel
— Héraut et écrivain

– Conclusion

In his paper the author deals in particular with the Pierre Choque’s report on the wedding of Anne de Foix and Ladislas VI., king of Bohemia, Poland and Hungary in 1502, which he wrote for his mistress Anne de Bretagne. As Laurent Héry states at the end of the paper, he is about to prepare a new and corrected edition of this report.

The bibliographical details of the paper:

Laurent Héry: Pierre Choque, héraut et roi d’armes d’Anne de Bretagne, voyageur et écrivain, in: Bulletin de la Société archéologique du Finistère 141 (2013), S. 399-414.


Torsten Hiltmann

Torsten Hiltmann is Juniorprofessor for the High and Late Middle Ages and Auxiliary Sciences at the University of Münster. He is interested in new approaches to late medieval and early modern heraldry, the medieval notion of kingship and the methods and technologies of Digital Humanities. On hypotheses.org, he is maintaining, among others, the blog “Heraldica Nova”.

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