The English Emblem Tradition

The English Emblem Tradition: Volume 3: Emblematic Flag Devices of the English Civil Wars, 1642-1660

EDITED BY ALAN R. YOUNG
WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF BEERT VERSTRAETE
GENERAL SERIES EDITOR: PETER M. DALY
Volume: 3
Copyright Date: 1995
Pages: 345
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.3138/9781442681170
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    The English Emblem Tradition
    Book Description:

    Interest in creating emblematic devices, fashionable during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, did not disappear in England with the demise of the tournament and the Stuart masque. Alan R. Young examines the hundreds of emblematic devices used by the warring parties on their military flags during and immediatley after, the English Civil Wars. To be fully understood, these emblematic devices must be 'read' as part of the massive propaganda war waged by the different factions. This collection throws light on the nature of the conflicts that led to the civil wars, based on the views set forth in the emblems and mottoes designed by the men who risked their lives in the cause of Parliament, king, covenant, or Irish Confederacy.

    Unlike earlier volumes in the Index Emblematicus series, which draw on printed emblem books as their sources,The English Emblem Tradition, Volume 3brings together a corpus of material that was previously scattered widely among a number of surviving manuscripts. Wherever possible, carefully drawn illustrations of details of the flags have been reproduced from the original manuscripts. The flags are listed in alphabetical order by motto ( the mottoes are translated from the original Latin, French, Spanish, and other languages). A series of concordances, indexes, and lists makes the volume extremely accessible. Because of the unusual nature of the source material, a lengthy introductory essay is provided to explain the indexing of the text.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-8117-0
    Subjects: History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. PREFACE
    (pp. vii-viii)
    Alan R. Young
  4. ABBREVIATIONS
    (pp. ix-xv)
  5. GLOSSARIES
    (pp. xvi-xix)
  6. KEY EVENTS
    (pp. xx-xxii)
  7. INTRODUCTION: THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR FLAGS
    (pp. xxiii-lxvi)

    Most students of the English emblem have to date chiefly been concerned with printed emblem books, but increasingly scholars have recognized that within English culture at large a more considerable body of emblematic material once existed in more ephemeral media: jewelry, tapestries, embroideries, carved chimney pieces, painted portraits, decorated armour, and the painted shields used in masques and tournaments, to name only some of the main examples. Because such media were part and parcel of a way of life of an elite that was privileged in terms of wealth, education, and political power, it is difficult to know how much...

  8. THE EMBLEMATIC FLAG DEVICES OF THE ENGLISH CIVIL WARS
    (pp. lxvii-270)
  9. EMBLEMATIC FLAG DEVICES INDEXES AND LISTS
    (pp. 271-345)