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Hearts in/on Norman furniture?

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Miss Moppet
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Hearts in/on Norman furniture?

Postby Miss Moppet » Tue July 13th, 2010, 8:00 pm

I was looking at some Arts and Crafts furniture with my students last week, and we were talking about the heart-shaped void (hole) in a table - and one of them mentioned she had read that the heart shape was used in the Middle Ages and was associated with owners of Norman descent. Does that ring a bell with anyone?

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Postby boswellbaxter » Tue July 13th, 2010, 8:21 pm

Don't know about the early middle ages, but you can see this nice little valentine being removed from the hero's chest in Rene d'Anjou's 15th-century Le Livre du Cueur d'Amours Espris:
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Postby Miss Moppet » Tue July 13th, 2010, 8:35 pm

"boswellbaxter" wrote:Don't know about the early middle ages, but you can see this nice little valentine being removed from the hero's chest in Rene d'Anjou's 15th-century Le Livre du Cueur d'Amours Espris:
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http://www.guice.org/bklvf-02.html


Interesting image! Actually I do think I've read that the heart shape as a motif didn't exist in the 12th and 13th centuries, so maybe this is about the time it first appears.

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Postby Michy » Wed July 14th, 2010, 7:35 pm

I found this web page, which might be of interest:

http://www.heartsymbol.com/english/index.html

Also, there's a brief Wikipedia article on the heart symbol. It has been in use since well before the Middle Ages, although it originally probably didn't represent a heart but other body parts. :o

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Postby EC2 » Wed July 14th, 2010, 8:01 pm

"Miss Moppet" wrote:I was looking at some Arts and Crafts furniture with my students last week, and we were talking about the heart-shaped void (hole) in a table - and one of them mentioned she had read that the heart shape was used in the Middle Ages and was associated with owners of Norman descent. Does that ring a bell with anyone?


I've not come across it. Statements re association with a particular descent are generally inventions of later periods when people are inventing glorious roots for themselves. So while I don't know when the heart as a symbol in that shape came into use, I have certainly never come across it in direct association with Norman descent. Malcolm Jones might have something in The Secret Middle Ages - I think he has a chapter that talks about hearts, but it's in my talk case, packed for tomorrow and in another room, (giving a talk at a place called Bleak House Library of all things!) but I will look it up tomorrow night when I'm back in case it has anything useful to say.
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Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

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Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Postby Miss Moppet » Wed July 14th, 2010, 8:07 pm

"Michy" wrote:I found this web page, which might be of interest:

http://www.heartsymbol.com/english/index.html

Also, there's a brief Wikipedia article on the heart symbol. It has been in use since well before the Middle Ages, although it originally probably didn't represent a heart but other body parts. :o


Thanks Michy! Very interesting. I'll see if I can get hold of the book.

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Postby Miss Moppet » Wed July 14th, 2010, 8:10 pm

"EC2" wrote:I've not come across it. Statements re association with a particular descent are generally inventions of later periods when people are inventing glorious roots for themselves.


True - and that in itself would be interesting especially in the context of 19th century historicisation of the interior and glamorisation of the past.

EC2 wrote:So while I don't know when the heart as a symbol in that shape came into use, I have certainly never come across it in direct association with Norman descent. Malcolm Jones might have something in The Secret Middle Ages - I think he has a chapter that talks about hearts, but it's in my talk case, packed for tomorrow and in another room, (giving a talk at a place called Bleak House Library of all things!) but I will look it up tomorrow night when I'm back in case it has anything useful to say.


Thanks so much! :) :)


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