Heralds are not Heraldry/Heraldry not Heralds: On the Benefits of Clear Distinctions

A herald on a diplomatic mission: summoning the inhabitants of the city of Rouen in behalf of Charles VII, king of France (Paris, BnF, fr. 5054, fol. 172r)

A herald on a diplomatic mission: summoning the inhabitants of the city of Rouen in behalf of Charles VII, king of France (Paris, BnF, fr. 5054, fol. 172r)

The biggest problem in dealing with heralds as well as with heraldry is the fact that both subjects are much too often seen as one. As a matter of fact, the relationship between heralds and heraldry is a tricky one and the link between both, as far as I see, has been largely overestimated.

Heralds, on the one hand, are usually presented as the experts and authorities in all what concerns heraldry and… (continue reading at the Heraldica Nova blog)


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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