History of Heralds Blog

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Pierre Couhault (Paris)

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)

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:...

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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)

  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 [arte]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):...

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Survey: What are the fundamentals about heralds?

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...

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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,...

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Otfried Krafft (Marburg)

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)

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 heraldic...

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Torsten Hiltmann (Münster)

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)

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 heralds.

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The Book Project

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[1], there has not been a structured overall assessment of the history of heralds...

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List of Participants 2014 (Latest Revision: 25 March 2014)

Participants to the Workshop I (26-28 march 2014) presenting papers at the workshop Anne-Sophie Bessero (Paris) Jean-Christoph Blanchard (Nancy) Anna-Maria Blank (Berlin) Nils Bock (Münster) Clive Cheesman (London) Steen Clemmensen (Farum) Pierre Couhault (Paris) Sonja Dünnebeil (Vienna) Michael Göbl (Vienna) Alexandre Grosjean (Dunkirk) Torsten Hiltmann (Münster) Bernd Klesmann (Cologne) Otfried Krafft (Marburg) Miguel...

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Heralds and Parliaments (Anna-Maria Blank)

My interest in the history of heralds dates back to the moment when I started working on my doctoral thesis on the subject of iconography of Early Modern political assemblies. This project is still in progress and focuses primarily on the English parliament. Not only was the first picture of a parliament opening...

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Clive Cheesman (London)

Clive Cheesman is Richmond Herald and Earl Marshal’s Secretary at the College of Arms in London, and a barrister at law. He holds a degree in classics (Literae Humaniores) from the University of Oxford and received his PhD at the Scuola Superiore di Studi Storici

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Sonja Dünnebeil (Vienna)

Studium von Mittlerer und Neuerer Geschichte, Volkskunde und Kunstgeschichte in Kiel (1989 Magister, 1995 Promotion); Tätigkeiten für das Historische Institut in Kiel, das Deutsche Historische Institut in Paris und für das Institut für Mittelalterforschung der

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Anna-Maria Blank (Berlin)

Born in 1980; studied History and Art at the University of Leipzig and Medieval History, Early Modern History and Library and Information Science at the Humboldt-University in Berlin; working as a research assistant at the collaborative research center “Representations of social order in change” (SFB 640, HU Berlin) since 2009, in a project...

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L’office d’armes au XVIe siècle: un métier en mutation (Pierre Couhault)

Alors que les études sur l’office d’armes se sont surtout concentrées sur le moyen-âge, nous nous proposons de présenter les importantes mutations qu’a connues ce métier au cours du XVIe siècle, notamment dans les Flandres et en Espagne. Le croisement des sources comptables, des règlements et des mémoires des hérauts sur leur office...

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Un savoir disputé: la rivalité entre hérauts et noblesse pour la production d’œuvres héraldiques au Portugal (XVIe-XVIIIe siècles) (Miguel Metelo de Seixas)

Les études héraldiques au Portugal se sont portées surtout sur les aspects normatifs, d’identification et d’interprétation symbolique des emblèmes, considérés de manière abstraite et hors de leur contexte historique. Mon projet d’études postdoctorales,

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Mosaiksteine zur Geschichte des neuzeitlichen Heroldswesens im Reich (Michael Göbl)

Ausgehend von den Beständen der Reichsarchive im Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv in Wien soll den dort vorhandenen archivalischen Spuren zu den Tätigkeiten der Herolde im Alten Reich nachgegangen werden. Hauptquelle sind die Akten der Wiener Reichskanzlei und der Mainzer Erzkanzlerkanzlei und ergänzend dazu die Akten des Adelsarchivs

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Steven Thiry (Antwerp)

Steven Thiry studied History and Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Leuven (KULeuven) where he graduated in 2010 with a master’s thesis on princely baptisms in the Netherlands (1430-1505). He recently finished a Ph.D dissertation at the University of Antwerp (Power in History. Centre for Political History) dealing with the appropriation of...

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Michael Göbl (Vienna)

Am Anfang meiner Archivarslaufbahn betreute ich das Adelsarchiv, dort sind alle Akten über Adels- u. Wappenverleihungen der Habsburger, die sie entweder als Kaiser oder Könige oder als österr. Landesfürsten ausgestellt haben, verwahrt (ca. 1000 Kartons). Die sog. Kanzleiheraldik, die aus der Reichs- bzw. Hofkanzlei seit dem 15. Jh. ausging, weckte deshalb schon sehr...

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Heralds and Armorists as Editors of Armorials (Steen Clemmensen)

Among the possessions of a danish herald, who fled the country in 1523 was “a book with arms, such as heralds used to have”. Does this imply that all heralds possesed armorials, or that they habitually entered the coats of arms that they encountered into armorials or armorial notebooks? Hardly – most of...