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Die Narrationes der Urkunden Kaiser Sigismunds für böhmische Empfänger aus den Jahren 1433–1437 und die Umgestaltung der Erinnerung an die Hussitenkriege

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Title in English The narrationes in charters of Emperor Sigismund for Czech recipients 1433–1437 and transformations in remembering the Hussite Wars


Year of publication 2018
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Studia historica Brunensia
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords charters; narration; historical memory; Sigismund of Luxemburg; the Hussite Wars; the Compacts of Basel
Description The study focuses on the memorial function of charters in the Late Middle Ages based on narrationes in Sigismund of Luxemburg’s charters for Czech recipients from 1433 to 1437. This dramatic period saw the culmination of the Hussite Wars (the siege of Plzeň, the Battle of Lipany), while at the same time there were discussions between the Hussites and the Council of Basel which resulted in the issuing of the compacts and the acceptance of Emperor Sigismund as the King of Bohemia in July 1436. The author gradually describes narrationes in Sigismund’s narrationes charters for Bohemian Catholics from 1433 to 1435 and 1436 to 1437, and finally also for the Utraquists from 1436 to 1437. He demonstrates that while from 1433 to 1435 the charters were a written means of fixing the memory of Catholic towns and noble families on their continued and gallant struggle against “Hussite heresy”, from 1436 to 1437 Sigismund’s office retrospectively modified this memory of the previous wars so that the resultant image would correspond with the religious reconciliation of July 1436.
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