Hardback
December 4, 2014
9780813226910
English
328
9.00 Inches (US)
6.00 Inches (US)
1.4 Pounds (US)
$65.00 USD
v2.1 Reference

Cosmas of Prague

Narrative, Classicism, Politics

Cosmas of Prague: Narrative, Classicism, Politics models new ways to study medieval historical writing. It analyzes the oldest history of a Slavic people written by a Slav, the Chronicle of the Czechs by Cosmas of Prague. Some scholars read Cosmas as a mere annalist, others as a fanciful narrator only partially reliable as a source of historical data, and still others as a panegyrist of the Přemyslid dynasty and an exponent of Czech national identity. However, close reading of his text reveals Cosmas to be a fierce critic of the prevailing political order, indeed of all political orders per se. Rather than apologizing for or pandering to the dukes of Bohemia, Cosmas holds before them and their magnates a harsh mirror in which their deplorable deeds are exposed; yet by this very act he exhorts them to change, and thus to work for the broader benefit of the community instead of for petty, personal gain. Recovering this vision of contemporary Czech society requires doing justice to Cosmas's craftsmanship: it means holding his text up to a prism, rotating and continually re-reading his vibrant prose through a series of different faces - gender, narrative, mythmaking, classicism, territory, power. The result is the first work to treat Cosmas's text on its own terms. It finds that the wisdom of the ancient past proved directly and immediately relevant to the politics of the medieval present.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Lisa Wolverton is associate professor in the Department of History, University of Oregon.


PRAISE FOR THE BOOK


"Brings an important medieval, central European historian to the attention of an English speaking public . . . will be important for scholars of medieval historiography." -- Jeff Rider, Wesleyan University

About the Author

Lisa Wolverton is associate professor in the Department of History, University of Oregon
The Catholic University of America Press

9780813226910 : cosmas-of-prague-lisa
Hardback
328 Pages
$65.00 USD

Other Titles in HISTORY / Europe / General

Riding to Arms

Charles Caramello
Jan 2022 - University Press of Kentucky
$40.00 USD - Hardback
$40.00 USD - Electronic book text
$40.00 USD - Electronic book text

Elephant Trails

Nigel Rothfels
Nov 2021 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$40.00 USD - Hardback
$40.00 USD - Electronic book text

Ireland's Helping Hand to Europe

Jérôme aan de Wiel, Jérôme Wiel
Jun 2021 - Central European University Press, an imprint of Central European University Press
$105.00 USD - Hardback

Other Titles in European history

Underground Streams

edited by János M. Rainer
Dec 2021 - Central European University Press
$75.00 USD - Hardback

Women in Wartime

Paula R. Backscheider
Dec 2021 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$99.95 USD - Hardback
$34.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$34.95 USD - Electronic book text

Eastward of Good Hope

Dane A. Morrison
Nov 2021 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$54.95 USD - Hardback
$54.95 USD - Electronic book text