Golden Bull of Sicily



Year of publication 2023
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The study ponders the contradiction between the period significance of a set of documents from 1212, known today as the Golden Bull of Sicily, and its position in the present discourse of Czech sites of memory. It notes that the Golden Bull of Sicily is an agreement between a feudal lord and a vassal, namely future King of the Romans Frederick II of Sicily and King of Bohemia Ottokar I. Today, however, it is presented to the Czech public as a document of extraordinary national- and constitutional-law significance. The study shows the transformations of Czech historical thought that the Golden Bull of Sicily only became a site of memory in the twentieth century, in connection with the defense of the Czech state and national independence against Nazi Germany on the eve of the Second World War.

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