Lords of Talmberg - Coat of Arms, medieval shield - metal

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(catalogue number: COA24)

Medieval metal shield - handmade. We can also produce other motifs of your country, city, family or sports team on request.

  • Dimensions: 32 x 48cm
  • Weight: approx. 1 kg

Lords of Talmberk were among the oldest Bohemian noble houses – their origins allegedly date back to the 12th century, and they are verifiably documented to the 13th century, as their coat of arms is known from this period thanks to seals. The history of Talmberk Castle, which gave the house its name, is linked in written sources to the year 1291, when the elder member of the family, Hroznata of Úžice, divided the family estate among his descendants. His son Arnošt received the castle, completed its construction, and was subsequently known as Arnošt of Talmberk. Although the family did not belong to the wealthiest and most influential nobility, they still belonged to the high nobility – the lords.

One of the most dramatic moments in the history of the house occurred at the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries and was directly related to Talmberk Castle. From 1389, Diviš of Talmberk resided at the castle and had disputes with nobleman Havel Medek of Valdek. In 1391, Havel besieged the castle with his army, captured it, imprisoned Diviš, and held the castle until 1397 – he even had the audacity to title himself "...of Talmberk." However, Havel was declared a peace breaker and accused in the Land Court in Prague, where he was also convicted in absentia. He was ordered to return the castle to its owner and compensate for all damages. Eventually, the forces of the provincial levies had to march out to recapture the castle and free Diviš. Shortly thereafter, Diviš of Talmberk was appointed to the prestigious office of the burgrave of Prague Castle.

It seems that dramatic events continued in the first half of the 15th century – the Lords of Talmberk remained Catholics even after the outbreak of the Hussite revolution and remained loyal to Emperor Sigismund of Luxembourg. During the subsequent Hussite wars, they lost Talmberk Castle, although it is unclear exactly when and under what circumstances.

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