Item description for Autobiography of Emperor Charles IV: And His Legend of St. Wencesias (Central European Medieval Texts) by Balazs Nagy...
Autobiography of Charles IV of Luxemburg, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia
Edited by Balzs Nagy, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest Translated by Paul W. Knoll, Department of History, University of Southern California and Frank Schaer, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
One of the few autobiographies to have survived from the Middle Ages, this life history of one of the most influential rulers of the fourteenth century, Charles IV of Bohemia, covers his life from birth until his election as King of Germany in 1346.
Charles IV describes his childhood, spent mainly in the court of French kings, his juvenile years, his marriage and his first steps into the international political scene during the early part of the fourteenth century.
A unique addition to this volume is the first ever English translation of the Legend of Saint Wenceslas, written by Charles IV of Luxemburg.
This is the first autobiography to contain both the Latin narrative sources and a complete English-language translation.
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Studio: Central European University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2001
Publisher Central European University Press
ISBN 9639116327 ISBN13 9789639116320
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Something for the scholar and layman Mar 23, 2007
Anyone interested in the history of Bohemia and Charles IV will find this first English translation a worthwhile read. The scholar will find an accompanying original Latin version of his biography, an analysis of the work as well as a collection of source materials, while the history enthusiast will get a rare glimpse into a primary source and into the mind of a most interesting monarch. A good part of the book finds Charles preaching advice to future rulers, but in other parts of the book we find him telling us what he was thinking and doing at specific points in his life. Whether it is tactics on the ground or creating the base for his rise to power, Charles' own words speak to us directly unfiltered by the opinions of other historians. This alone makes it worth the price of admission to English readers.