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Papers on Medieval Prosopography: Session #47 at KZOO 2015

Three fantastic papers on Prosopography from #KZOO2015.

Imperial Memory and the Charles Bridge: Establishing Royal Ceremony for Future Kings

The History behind the Charles Bridge Built during the reigns of Charles IV (1346-1378) and his son, Wenceslas IV (1363-1419), the Charles Bridge crosses the river Vltava in Prague, joining the Old Town on its eastern side, the commercial hub of the city, and the Hradčany and Malá Strana on the west, where the castle and cathedral are located

Characteristics of Medieval Artillery in the Light of Written Sources from Bohemia and Poland

Artillery appears in Central Europe at the end of the 14th c. and it starts playing a more significant role only in the next century.

The cultural identity of medieval Silesia: the case of art and architecture

The cultural identity of architecture and visual arts of the Middle Ages in Silesia can be analyzed in the following frameworks: 1.) the distinct formal features of local artwork; 2.) the specific content expressed through it. Macro factors (the type of materials and their availability) are important in architecture, as are architectural patterns and styles.

Boundaries in the making – Historiography and the isolation of late medieval Bohemia

This paper deals with an episode of early 15th century Bohemian history. During the so-called Hussite wars, a coalition of Catholic powers tried to establish a far-reaching blockade on trade and commerce against the kingdom of Bohemia, which then was considered to be a hotbed of heresy, and to be rebellious against its legitimate ruler and the papal church.

The Early German Settlement of North Eastern Moravia: and What the Pied Piper of Hamelin Had to Do with It

Long ago, primordial forests, dark and impenetrable, surrounded the mountainous frontier, which today separates northeastern Bohemia from large parts of northern Moravia in the Czech Republic. This area was situated north of the sparsely populated flatlands of the March (Morava) River. The stillness of the forests remained largely undisturbed by man.

Christ in Motion: Portable Objects and Scenographic Environments in the Liturgy of Medieval Bohemia

It accordingly seems clear, from many preserved accounts, that by the end of the fifteenth century the rubric of the Church of Prague was no longer the same and that progressive versions contained different layers of alteration to the performance practice of Palm Sunday ritual.

My kingdom in pledge : King Sigismund of Luxemburg’s town pledging policy, case studies of Segesd and Bartfa

This thesis strives to present a small part of this huge and complex topic by analyzing one of the most interesting aspects of Sigismund’s pledging policy, namely, pldeges of the towns.

God’s Warriors from the Czech Kingdom – the Terror of Central and Eastern Europe in the First Half of the 15th Century

The aim of this study is to point out a distinct phenomenon in the history of Central And Eastern Europe wherein part of the population of a fairly small kingdom in Central Europe invoked justified fear throughout the majority of Europe. Czech history is not all that popular a theme of study within the framework of European history. One of the few exceptions is the period of the first half of the 15th century in particular.

In Heaven and on Earth: Church Treasure in Late Medieval Bohemia

My work, thus, focuses on the intellectual concepts and practical policies involved in the development of treasuries in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries in Bohemia. It oscillates between three main disciplines of history: art, religious, and cultural history.

Processus iudiciarius secundum stilum Pragensem:Its Manuscripts and Edition

This paper is a work in progress for further analysis of Puchnik’s work.

The Archaeology of Medieval Villages in Bohemia and Moravia (Czech Republic)

The Archaeology of Medieval Villages in Bohemia and Moravia (Czech Republic) By Jan Klapste and Zdenek Smetanka Ruralia, Vol.1 (1996) Introduction: From the end of the 1950s, the exploration of Bohemian and Moravian medieval villages constituted a standard and gradually unfolding component of the programme of medieval archaeology. The idea of the medieval period in […]

Bohemia in English Religious Controversy before the Henrician Reformation

Bohemia in English Religious Controversy before the Henrician Reformation By Michael Van Dussen The Bohemian Reformation and Religious Practice, vol. 7: Papers from the Seventh International Symposium on the Bohemian Reformation and Religious Practice, Vila Lanna, Prague, Czech Republic, 21-23 June 2006, edited by Zdeněk V. David and David R. Holeton (Prague, 2009) Introduction: In […]

“More Glory than Blood”: Murder and Martyrdom in the Hussite Crusades

“More Glory than Blood”: Murder and Martyrdom in the Hussite Crusades Fudge, Thomas A. (Christchurch, New Zealand) Bohemian Reformation and Religious Practice, Volume 5, Part 1 (2004) Abstract   In 1418 Pope Martin V urged the ecclesiastical hierarchy in east-central Europe to proceed against the Hussite heretics in all possible manner to bring their dissent […]

Reform and the Lower Consistory in Prague, 1437–1497

Reform and the Lower Consistory in Prague, 1437–1497 By Thomas A. Fudge Bohemian Reformation and Religious Practice, Vol.2 (1996) Introduction: Not until 9 September 1437 did the spirit of radical Hussitism depart from the forefront of public affairs in Bohemia. On that date Jan Roháè of Dubá and the garrison of Sión Castle were hanged […]

Discovering Medieval Bohemia

By Zoe Brooks, Czech Tours I have my perfect job. It combines two of my loves – history especially medieval history and the Czech Republic. Having successfully taken a party of 30 archaeology enthusiasts around some of the sites and sights of South Bohemia, I set up Czech Tours Ltd to offer off-the-shelf and custom-made historical […]

Interview with János Bak, Central European Medieval Texts Series

János Bak is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University (CEU), in Budapest.  He is also one of the General Editors of the Central European Medieval Text Series, which consists of narrative sources on medieval Bohemia, Croatia, Hungary, Poland and their neighboring countries.  Each volume contains the Latin (or medieval vernacular) […]

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