Duke Dress and Heraldry

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Duke Dress and Heraldry

Court book of Bavarian Dukes



Court book of Bavarian Dukes



Court book of Bavarian Dukes



Court book of Bavarian Dukes



Court book of Bavarian Dukes



Court book of Bavarian Dukes



Court book of Bavarian Dukes



Court book of Bavarian Dukes



Court book of Bavarian Dukes



ring of Coats of Arms



Court book of Bavarian Dukes



Court book of Bavarian Dukes



Court book of Bavarian Dukes



Court book of Bavarian Dukes



Court book of Bavarian Dukes



Court book of Bavarian Dukes

[click the images for enlarged views]


This combined 'hofkleiderbuch' and 'wappenbuch' (Court dress and coats of arms book) was produced in 16th century Bavaria (sometime after 1588, judging by a date visible on one of the manuscript pages).

The (paper) book depicts members of the nobility and heraldic insignia from the Royal Courts of William IV (Wilhelm) and Albert V (Albrecht), 16th century Bavarian Dukes from the House of Wittelsbach.

'Hofkleiderbuch (Abbildung und Beschreibung der Hof-Livreen) des Herzogs Wilhelm IV. und Albrecht V. 1508-1551. Wappen mit Reimspr├╝chen des Holland. Abbildungen bayerischer Regenten' was recently uploaded by the Bavarian State Library. [click on 'Miniaturansicht']

There is a small amount of information on this translated page about the restoration of the book earlier this year.

Just prior to posting this entry I discovered a related but much longer book, also at the Bavarian State Library, and almost identically titled to the present 'Hofkleiderbuch'. I had a quick scan (and will return to it sometime in the future: update: done!) and it contains exclusively full page watercolour images of the same Royal Court members - it would no doubt be a good resource for period costumes.

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