Bohemi: Prozesse der Identitätsbildung in frühpřemyslidischen Ländern (bis 1200)

Title in English Bohemi: Processe of identification in early Přemyslid realm (until 1200)
Authors

KALHOUS David

Year of publication 2018
Type Monograph
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

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Description Processes of identification were mostly studied on “barbarians” of Late Antique and Early Medieval Post-Roman Europe. This book focuses on the polity of medieval inhabitants of Czech lands and examines, if the methodology developed by Vienna group of scholars is also usable on high medieval Central Europe. It shortly introduces and contextualises beginnings and functioning of Přemyslid principality in the Czech lands. Important layer of identification is an external image. Therefore, the image of that area and of its rulers and inhabitants, Bohemi, in medieval narratives written within the borders of Holy Roman Empire is analysed with the focus on its dynamics and main trends. This imagination of Bohemi is contextualized in each written source and compared with the image of Bohemi in the chronicles written in the Přemyslid principality. Both levels of comparison make it possible to understand the communication between those groups of texts and their intended recipients. In the next chapter, communication between Přemyslid principality and Holy Roman Empire is analysed based on St.-Wenceslas cult. This Přemyslid prince (†935) and soon patron saint of Bohemi and their principality became hero of seven legends until 1150. As he was also venerated outside the borders of Přemyslid principality, analysis of concrete material evidence of his cult offers another insight into the communication channels between the Czech lands and the rest of Europe. It, too, enables to identify especially those regions, which had stronger links to the Czech lands and which seemed to be a bridge between them and the Holy Roman Empire. Finally, because historiographical narratives may become powerful catalyst of self-identification, the author scrutinizes possible impact of written texts on Bohemian elites. Based on this analysis, three historiographical narratives are observed and their importance for self-identification of these elites is evaluated
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