Creta Iovis magni medio iacet insula ponto. Recepce ostrova Kréty ve vybraných raně novověkých česky psaných cestopisech

Title in English Creta Iovis magni medio iacet insula ponto. The Reception of the Island of Crete in Selected Czech Travel Books of the Early Modern Age


Year of publication 2021
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Arts

Description In the Early Modern Age, the island of Crete constituted one of the stops of the European pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land, if they travelled by sea. It was visited and subsequently described also by Czech pilgrims, who travelled to the Holy Sepulchre. There are three extant Early Modern Czech travelogues that contain a detailed description of the island: the work of Jan Hasištejnský of Lobkowicz (describing his journey of 1493), Oldřich Prefát of Vlkanov (describing his journey of 1546), and Kryštof Harant of Polžice and Bezdružice (describing his journey of 1598), whose account is the most extensive one. The aim of the paper was to investigate the pilgrims' perception of the island, the amount of knowledge about its ancient past they had, or, eventually, where they could obtain it, and how much it was possible for them to get acquainted with this ancient past on their way to the Palestine (and back).
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