Uppkom heraldiken på grund av att den slutna hjälmen började användas? En översikt över aktuell forskning

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Why did heraldry originate? This question has often been answered with references to changes in the military equipment in the 12th century, especially the introduction of the closed helmet. But recent research gives reason to question this theory. The introduction of the closed helmet and the origin of heraldry did not coincide chronologically. There are other changes in the military equipment, and there are cultural reasons, that seem to be better explanations why heraldry could originate and spread over western Europe in a rather short time period.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • History
  • Law


  • Legal history, Helmet, Origins of heraldry, 12th century, Crusades, Seals
Translated title of the contributionDid heraldry originate because of the use of the closed helmet?: An overview over recent research
Original languageSwedish
Pages (from-to)13-23
Number of pages11
JournalHeraldisk tidsskrift
Issue number121
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Publication categoryResearch