Cosmas of Prague
The Chronicle of the Czechs
The Latin-English bilingual volume presents the text of The Chronicle of the Czechs by Cosmas of Prague. Cosmas was born around 1045, educated in Liège, upon his return to Bohemia, he got married as well as became a priest. In 1086 he was appointed prebendary, a senior member of clergy in Prague. He completed the first book of the Chronicle in 1119, starting with the creation of the world and the earliest deeds of the Czechs up to Saint Adalbert. In the second and third books Cosmas presents the preceding century in the history of Bohemia, and succeeds in reporting about events up to 1125, the year when he died.
The English translation was done by Petra Mutlova and Martyn Rady with the cooperation of Libor Švanda. The introduction and the explanatory notes were written by Jan Hasil with the cooperation of Irene van Rensvoude.
About the Authors
János M. Bak, professor emeritus CEU (Budapest) and UBC (Vancouver) was editor in chief of Decreta Regni Mediaevalis Hungariae. The Laws of the Medieval Kingdom of Hungary (DRMH), and member of the editorial board of Central European Medieval Texts.
Pavlína Rychterová is historian at the Institut für Mittelalterforschung, ÖAW.
Petra Mutlová is assistant professor at the Department of Classical Philology, Masaryk University, Brno. She holds a PhD in Historical Sciences from Masaryk University (2007), and she has been guest researcher at the Humboldt University, Berlin. She is a member of the research team preparing critical editions for the Magistri Ioannis Hus Opera omnia series for Brepols Publishers. Her main research interests comprise the Bohemian Reformation, codicology, and the transmission of late medieval theological texts.
Martyn Rady is Emeritus Professor of Central European History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), University College London.
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