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Title: Heraldry, heralds and the Earl Marshal of England, c.1480-1603 : war, politics and diplomacy
Author: Gelber, David
Awarding Body: Oxford University
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2012
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Heraldry, heralds and the Earl Marshal played a conspicuous part in English life during the period c.1480-1603. This thesis explores their significance in the military, diplomatic and court cultures of the period. In four thematic parts, it seeks to reveal their crucial importance in the politics and government of the period. The first section explores the changing status of royal heraldry and heralds, as chivalric culture took on a more monarchical bent and ideas of sovereignty crystallized. It attempts to demonstrate how the royal coat of anus and heralds became emblems of sovereign authority and imperial kingship. The second section investigates the role of heralds in war, politics and diplomacy, exploring the divers ways in which they were employed at home and abroad. It endeavours to explain the relative decline of their international responsibilities, and the persistence of their domestic functions. The third section examines how reforms at the English court and changes in the heralds' . internal affairs helped to re orient their activities towards armorial matters. It looks at the reasons why grants of arms, noble funerals and heraldic visitations came gradually to dominate the heralds' activities, and how the intersection of patronage and ideology drove changes to the rules governing the bearing of anus. The fourth section examines how one of the great officers of state, the Earl Marshal, exploited his military and heraldic jurisdiction for political advancement during the sixteenth century. It seeks to show how a symbiotic relationship between the heralds and the Earl Marshal gradually developed, driven by needs of patronage and mutual interest.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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