Wouter Haverals (University of Antwerp), Universiteit Antwerpen, Instituut voor de Studie van de Letterkunde in de Nederlanden, Prinsstraat 13 B-2000 Antwerpen, firstname.lastname@example.org
This article explores the use of heraldry in the Middle Dutch rhymed epic De Grimbergse oorlog (The War of Grimbergen). An investigation of the heraldic evidence that is amply present in this text supports the claim that it is a product of the fourteenth century. Especially the use of a well thought-out system of cadency shows us that the coats of armor originate from a period during which the heraldic practice has already ripened and improved on many levels. This being said, it has also become apparent that the author made the effort to present some coats of armor in a more archaic way. By diminishing the number of heraldic marks of cadency, the author has tried to give several weapons a more primitive look. This is, for example, apparent from the weapons of such noble families as Vianden, Leefdaal and Trazegnies.
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