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Symbols and Medieval Society. Symbol. What is a Symbol? A way of identifying and communicating an idea or meaning with out the use of words Can be used in may different ways Logos Religion Warfare Group Association We use symbols every where and in many different ways .

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symbol
Symbol
  • What is a Symbol?
    • A way of identifying and communicating an idea or meaning with out the use of words
    • Can be used in may different ways
      • Logos
      • Religion
      • Warfare
      • Group Association
    • We use symbols every where and in many different ways
medieval symbol use
Medieval Symbol Use
  • Why would Medieval society use symbols?
    • Symbols do not require text. Much of society was not able to read (illiterate)
  • How would Medieval societies use symbols?
religion and symbols
Religion and Symbols
  • Used Symbols to convey stories and ideas from the bible so people could better understand them
  • http://www.medieval-life-and-times.info/medieval-art/early-christian-art.htm

The Last Judgment

warfare and symbols
Warfare and Symbols
  • Colours and symbols would be one way to make distinctions between sides
  • Communication between an army could be done through symbols
group association
Group Association
  • Guilds used symbols to identify themselves
  • Towns and Cities would adopt symbols to help identify themselves
knights and nobility and their symbols
Knights and Nobility and their Symbols
  • Knight and nobles had coat of arms or family crest which were their symbols
  • These were often proudly shown on Shields, tapestries or clothing
  • Why would it be important to show your coat of arms?
identity and coat of arms
Identity and Coat of Arms
  • Read page 144
  • What does it tell us about Identity and symbols?
  • You will now make your own Coat of Arms based on you and your family’s identity
    • At least four different ideas and family name in middle /5
    • Explanation of the ideas, colours and pictures and how they relate to you or your family /5
    • Creative and clear presentation /5
      • Total /15