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): a herald’s life in objects


4:30 – 6:00 pm
The Burgundian Heydays: Functions and Cultural Transfer in the 15th Century
  Alexandre Grosjean (Dunkirk) Le héraut et l’écriture de l’histoire à la fin du Moyen Age
  Sonja Dünnebeil (Vienna) Herolde im Dienst des Ordens vom Goldenen Vlies
  Nils Bock (Münster) Les hérauts d’armes dans l’Empire au bas Moyen-Âge

 Conference Dinner

27 March 2014

9:00 – 10:30 am
The 16th century: Turning Point for the Burgundian Legacy?
  Pierre Couhault (Paris) L’office d’armes au XVIe siècle : un métier en mutation
  Jean-Christophe Blanchard (Nancy) Les hérauts d’armes d’Antoine, duc de Lorraine (1508-1544) : Des « hérauts-messagers » aux « hérauts-artistes »
  Clive Cheesman (London) Institutional identity and history in an age of learning: heralds and their alternative pasts


11:00 am– 12:30 pm
Special focus: Heralds and Heraldry
  Torsten Hiltmann (Münster) Heralds and heraldry in the Middle Ages
  Steen Clemmensen (Farum) Heralds and armorists as editors of armorials
  Miguel Metelo de Seixas (Lisbon) Un savoir disputé: la rivalité entre hérauts et noblesse pour la production d’œuvres héraldiques au Portugal (XVIe-XVIIIe siècles)


2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Early Modern Times: Are there Enduring Functions of Heralds?
  Steven Thiry (Antwerp) Law enforcement or living heraldry? Assessing the armorial function(s) of heralds in the long seventeenth century (Spanish Monarchy and Archducal Netherlands)
  Anna-Maria Blank (Berlin) Heralds and Parliaments
  Anne-Sophie Bessero (Paris) Héraut, héraldique et pompes funèbres à l’époque moderne


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Modern Times: The Case of the Holy Roman Empire
  Michael Göbl (Vienna) Mosaiksteine zur Geschichte des neuzeitlichen Heroldswesens im Reich
  Bernd Klesmann (Cologne) Das Heroldsamt und der Konflikt um die spanische Erbfolge. Zeremonialpolitik und barocker Fürstenstaat, 1700-1714


Getting down to Business: The Book Project
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Introduction to the Book Project and Discussion


28 March 2014

9:00 – 10:30 am Constitution of Working Groups
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Questions of Organisation and General Discussion


48143 Münster
Johannisstr. 4
Room 101


The workshop is sponsored by:


The Performance of Coats of Arms” (Dilthey Fellowship of the VolkswagenFoundation)

“Fondation pour la protection du patrimoine historique, culturel et artisanal” (Lausanne)



International Office of the University of Münster

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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 medieval and early modern visual communication and heraldry, the medieval notion of kingship and the methods and technologies of Digital Humanities.

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