Author: Torsten Hiltmann


Vincent Belloy (Paris)

Etudiant en Master 2 à l’Université Paris IV – Sorbonne, j’ai consacré mon mon mémoire de première année aux “Formes et Fonctions des hérauts d’armes au Moyen Age. Image et Représentation des officiers d’armes médiévaux au travers des Chroniques de Jean Froissart”. Toujours sur la direction de Monsieur le Professeur Jean-Marie Moeglin, je...


List of Participants (Workshop 2)

Belloy, Vincent (Paris) Berrendero, José Antonio Guillén (Madrid) Blanchard, Jean-Christophe (Nancy) Brero, Thalia (Geneva) Cheesman, Clive (London) Clemmensen, Steen (Farum) Couhault, Pierre (Paris) Göbl, Michael (Vienna) Grosjean, Alexandre (Paris) Hiltmann, Torsten (Münster) Hofman, Elmar (Münster) Howard, Derek (Brussels) Klesmann, Bernd (Cologne) Meer, Marcus (Münster) Metelo de Seixas, Miguel (Lisbon) Portugal, João  (Lisbon) Ramsay,...


Programme: The History of Heralds in Europe (12th-18th c.): State of the Art and New Perspectives – Workshop.2 (Münster, 25-27 March 2015)

25 March 2015 2:30 – 3:00 pm Welcome and introduction Torsten Hiltmann (Münster) 3:00 – 4:30 pm   Wim van Anrooij (Leiden) Heralds, History and Heraldry: The Case of the Haarlem Panels of the Counts of Holland (1493)   Miguel Metelo de Seixas (Lisbon) Le rôle des hérauts à la cour du roi...


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

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...


Chapter 1: Introduction

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...


Chapter 2: The “Story” of Heralds: Development of the Office (from 12th to 18th c.)

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...


Chapter 3: Particularities of the Office and its History

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...


Chapter 4: Functions, Missions, Responsibilities, Expertise

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...


Chapter 6: Outlook and Impact

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....


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...


Henri Simonneau (Paris)

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...


Alexandre Grosjean (Dunkirk)

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,...


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.


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):...


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...


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,...


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.


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...


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.


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.


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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