Michel Pastoureau

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Michel Pastoureau (born 1947) is a French professor of medieval history and an expert in Western symbology.

Biography[edit]

Pastoureau was born in Paris on 17 June 1947. He studied at the École Nationale des Chartes, a college for prospective archivists and librarians. After writing his 1972 thesis about heraldic bestiaries in the Middle Ages, he worked in the coins, medals and antiquities department of the French National Library until 1982.

Since 1983 he has held the Chair of History of Western Symbolism (Chaire d'histoire de la symbolique occidentale) and is a director of studies at the Sorbonne's École pratique des hautes études. He is an academician of the Académie internationale d'héraldique (International Academy of Heraldry) and vice-president of the Société française d'héraldique (French Heraldry Society). When he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Lausanne in 1996, he was described as an eminent scholar who has made a radical contribution to several disciplines.

Professor Pastoureau has published widely, including work on the history of colours, animals, symbols, and the knights of the Round Table. He has also written on emblems and heraldry, as well as sigillography and numismatics.

Works[edit]

  • Vert. Histoire d'une couleur. Éditions du Seuil, Paris 2013, ISBN 978-2-02-109325-4.
  • L'ours. Histoire d'un roi déchu, éditions du Seuil, 2007
  • Les chevaliers de la Table ronde, éditions du Gui, 2006, ISBN 2-9517417-5-8
  • Une histoire symbolique du Moyen Âge occidental, Seuil, La librairie du XXIe siècle, Paris, 2004, ISBN 2-02-013611-2 (Trad. esp.: Una historia simbólica de la Edad Media occidental, Buenos Aires/Madrid, Katz editores S.A, 2006, ISBN 84-935187-3-5)
  • Traité d'héraldique, Grands manuels Picard, first published 1979, latest edition 2003
  • Bleu: Histoire d'une couleur, éditions du Seuil, 2002
  • Les animaux célèbres, Bonneton, 2001
  • Les emblèmes de la France, éditions Bonneton, Paris, 1998
  • Jésus chez le teinturier: couleurs et teintures dans l'Occident médiéval, Le Léopard d'or, Paris, 1997, ISBN 2-86377-150-7
  • Figures de l'héraldique, Découvertes Gallimard, 1996
  • Dictionnaire des couleurs de notre temps, Bonneton, Paris, 1992
  • L'étoffe du diable: une histoire des rayures et des tissus rayés, éditions du Seuil, 1991
  • La vie quotidienne en France et en Angleterre au temps des chevaliers de la Table ronde, Hachette 1991, ISBN 2-01-017737-1
  • L'hermine et le sinople, études d'héraldique médiévale, Le Léopard d'or, Paris, 1982, ISBN 2-86377-017-9

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