TitleMedieval Heraldry Revisited, II: Between City and Nobility - Heraldry and the Question of Status
Date/TimeMonday 1 July 2013: 14.15-15.45
SponsorDilthey Fellowship Project 'The Performance of Coats of Arms', Volkswagen-Stiftung
OrganiserTorsten Hiltmann, Historisches Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Moderator/ChairMario Damen, Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Universiteit van Amsterdam
RespondentChristof Rolker, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Paper 207-a Signs of Order and Revolt: Heraldic Communication in Communal Italy
(Language: English)
Christoph Friedrich Weber, Historisches Seminar, Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina, Braunschweig
Index Terms: Administration; Archives and Sources; Heraldry; Politics and Diplomacy
AbstractIn marginalizing coats of arms and leaving their analysis largely to the ancillary discipline of heraldry, medieval scholarship has robbed itself for a long time of a valuable resource. The aim of this series of sessions is to reassess medieval heraldry from a historical perspective and to cast new light on this largely underestimated group of sources. This second session will examine the heraldic practices of the city councils and patricians in Northern and Central Italy, in Cologne and in Metz, and contrasts the findings with the use of heraldry by recently ennobled families. Amongst other questions, this session will ask: what can heraldic sources tell us about visual strategies of social status and distinction?