PV1B100 Czech Medieval Sources

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Lukáš Führer, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Dalibor Havel, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Dalibor Havel, Ph.D.
Department of Auxiliary Historical Sciences and Archive Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Olga Barová
Supplier department: Department of Auxiliary Historical Sciences and Archive Studies - Faculty of Arts
Thu 14:00–15:40 B2.11
An elementary knowledge of English.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
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Course objectives
The course "Czech Medieval Sources" is focused on the reading and interpretation of the most important historical and literary sources of Bohemian origin. Particular attention will be devoted to the oldest manuscript fragments and charters in Bohemia and Moravia, to the sources for medieval ecclesiastical administration in the Czech lands and to the sources for old Bohemian land law.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, the student will be able to:
- read the most common types of preserved sources from Czech Medieval history (administrative and literary in nature)
- understand historical texts written in Latin, Medieval German and Old Czech
- comprehend the development of Latin script used in Czech Medieval sources
- transfer all types of data to a contemporary chronological system
- an iconographic interpretation of the seals preserved in the charters of all categories of publishers (royal, episcopal, aristocratic, city seal)
- acquire the basic terminology for auxiliary historical sciences (palaeography, diplomatics, sphragistics and codicology) and apply these skills to specific sources
- work with the most important editions of Czech Medieval sources
- understand the main features of Czech Medieval cultural history
  • the oldest Latin manuscript fragments;
  • legends of St Wenceslas;
  • Cosmas’s Chronicle;
  • memoir records and calendaria;
  • charters and seals of the Přemyslid era;
  • the oldest official books;
  • The course will include: reading and interpreting all the relevant types of medieval sources of official and literary provenance, translating the texts into English, typology and iconographic analysis of seal images, transferring data from medieval sources into the modern system.
  • KALHOUS, David. Anatomy of a Duchy. The Political and Ecclesiastical Structures of Early Přemyslid Bohemia. 1st ed. Leiden - Boston: Brill, 2012. 350 pp. East Central and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages. ISBN 978-90-04-22980-8. info
Teaching methods
1 lecture lesson + 1 seminar lesson.
Assessment methods
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.
Information on the per-term frequency of the course: Předmět se vypisuje na podzim 2020.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018.
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