Friday, April 01, 2011

Flagging Heraldry

Holy Roman Empire Coats of Arms



Holy Roman Empire Coats of Arms duo l



Holy Roman Empire Coats of Arms duo h



Holy Roman Empire Coats of Arms duo j



Holy Roman Empire Coats of Arms duo k



Holy Roman Empire Coats of Arms duo f



Holy Roman Empire Coats of Arms duo g



Holy Roman Empire Coats of Arms duo e



Holy Roman Empire Coats of Arms duo b



Holy Roman Empire Coats of Arms duo



Holy Roman Empire Coats of Arms duo a



Holy Roman Empire Coats of Arms duo d



Holy Roman Empire Coats of Arms duo i


Holy Roman Empire Coats of Arms duo c

It's not often - thankfully, for all our sakes - that I get to quote myself, but an uncoloured version of this work was referenced on BibliOdyssey previously, and the information is still relevant:


Wapen. Des Heyligen Römischen Reichs Teutscher Nation' or Koebel's Wappenbuch (Coat of Arms book) is interesting because the heraldic symbols are all featured on flags - although perhaps not so obviously with the two example images - held aloft by the mercenaries known as Landsknechts (seen recently). Published in 1545 by Jacob Koebel, this rare wappenbuch features around one hundred and fifty full page illustrations (by Jacob Kallenberg - monogramme: 'IK') of the puffy shirt-wearing, armour-clad flag bearers; and in passing, I noted a subsequent edition from the late 16th century selling for ~€4000. The complete book is available online at the Bavarian State Library. [via Archivalia]


The heraldic emblem flags seen above display distinguishing elements from the coats of arms of the nobility from the German peoples of the Holy Roman Empire. The flags represent Germanic princes and barons and knights and cities and earls and electors. The publication includes blazons: descriptions employing the grammar of heraldry that will have outlined the colours to be applied by the manuscript painter(s).

The Wikipedia article on vexillology tells us that flags and the study of flags was originally (and still is, in some senses) a "sub-discipline" of heraldry.

6 comments :

lissa-quon said...

Awesome pictures - though I was curious is there a signifigance in some of the flag bearers being behind the flag instead of in front of it?

peacay said...

I don't know. I would have guessed that it was more about diversity of illustration content but it's just as likely I'm wrong.

Susan said...

Beautiful illustrations - yet curiously camp too, though I wouldn't want to mess with any of these sword wielding chaps!

sophie said...

As a graphist and writer, fond of stories & history, this blog is one of my favorites (ok, let's say my favorite). When tired, it makes me work again.

i'd like to send you my works one day, to show you how useful you are to artists.
Please never stop.

Lynne Rutter said...

oh how cool. i am becoming a heraldry geek. this is just making it worse! i love this blog.

Aurore Dupin said...

Uh...Some pictures with the sworld inside its case looks like...Penis. Yes, pareidolia.

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