Category: Book Project

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Participation in the Marked Place of the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Network CARMEN

On September 9th, the annual meeting of CARMEN, organised and hosted by the Historical Institute of the University of Duisburg-Essen, took place in Essen. CARMEN is a worldwide medieval network that aims to link research institutions, universities, groups and individuals ‘with a common scholarly interest in the study of the Middle Ages.’ Besides...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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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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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Collaborative Bibliography on Heralds on Zotero

In the context of the planned workshop and book project “The History of Heralds in Europe (12th-18th c.)“, we have opened a group on Zotero which is a free, easy-to-use tool, offering the opportunity to share and work on a collaborative bibliography. Usually, it takes quite some time to establish a profound bibliography...