LJMedA11 Auxiliary Sciences of History for Medievalists

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2025
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
doc. Mgr. Petra Mutlová, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Petra Mutlová, M.A., Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
Prerequisites (in Czech)
PROGRAM ( N - LJ_ ) || PROGRAM ( N - LJU_ ) || PROGRAM ( N - LLS_ ) || LJBcSZk Bachelor's State Exam
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is to introduce the system of Auxiliary Sciences of History to the students of Medieval Latin. Special attention will be paid to those disciplines that can help students to master the basics of primary research. The course will focus on the practical reading and understanding of selected primary texts, on converting historical dates, on blazoning coats of arms and the like. At the end of the course students should be able to work with primary, mostly written sources that are of the highest importance for their potential engagement in the research of the Latin Middle Ages.
  • Basic definition and system of Auxiliary Sciences of History.
  • Paleography (basic terminology, historical development of system of Latin writings in the Middle Ages).
  • Diplomatics (history of the discipline, classification of diplomatic material, practical reading).
  • Codicology (scriptoria, history of handwritten books, practical part).
  • Chronology and historical metrology.
  • Sigillography and heraldry.
  • Epigraphy.
  • Genealogy.
  • Numismatics.
    required literature
  • HLAVÁČEK, Ivan, Rostislav NOVÝ and Jaroslav KAŠPAR. Vademecum pomocných věd historických. 3. opravené a doplněné vy. Jinočany: H & H. 544 stran. ISBN 8073190044. 2002. info
    recommended literature
  • Česká diplomatika do r. 1848. Edited by Jindřich Šebánek - Zdeněk Fiala - Zdeňka Hledíková. 2. nezm. vyd. Praha: Univerzita Karlova. 376 s. 1984. info
  • PÁTKOVÁ, Hana. Česká středověká paleografie. Vydání první. České Budějovice: Veduta. 278 stran. ISBN 9788086829388. 2008. info
  • HLEDÍKOVÁ, Zdeňka, Jaroslav KAŠPAR and Ivana EBELOVÁ. Paleografická čítanka. 1. vydání. Praha: Univerzita Karlova v Praze, nakladatelství Karolinum. 243 stran. ISBN 9788024600499. 2000. info
  • PÁTKOVÁ, Hana. Cvičení z pozdně středověké paleografie. Vyd. 1. Dolní Břežany: Scriptorium. 30 s. ISBN 8086197190. 2001. info
  • PÁTKOVÁ, Hana and Ondřej BASTL. Texty k výuce diplomatiky. Dolní Břežany: Scriptorium. 175 s. ISBN 8086197484. 2003. info
  • BLÁHOVÁ, Marie. Historická chronologie. 1. vyd. Praha: Libri. 948 s. ISBN 8072770241. 2001. info
Teaching methods
Lecture, practical assignements
Assessment methods
Requirements for credit: active class attendance at seminars (75%) and conscientious preparation of practical assignments; students will be asked to hand in a minor assignment at the end of the course.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is taught: every week.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 0.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2024.
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