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The Chronicle of the Czechs

Cosmas of Prague, Lisa Wolverton

Publication Year: 2012

The Chronicle of the Czechs by Cosmas of Prague (d. 1125) is a masterwork of medieval historical writing, deeply erudite, consciously researched, and narrated in high rhetorical style.

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7


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pp. vii-viii

List of Maps, Figures, and Tables

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pp. ix-x

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pp. xi-xviii

I undertook this as my “baby book” but was forced to complete it under unexpected, and frankly unjust, duress. Thus, while I still dedicate it to my girls, I owe a deep debt to the friends who came through in the crunch so selflessly. John Van Engen, indefatigable and ever generous, read the first draft of the entire translation ...

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pp. 3-26

Sometime before 1120 an elderly Czech cleric sat down to write a Latin history of his land and people. Frustrated by the civil conflicts that had dominated the previous two decades, he decided to give his contemporaries an account of their past that might inspire them to better conduct in the future. ...

The Chronicle of the Czechs

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pp. 27-28

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Book One

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pp. 29-108

To Lord Severus, provost of the church of Mělník,2 endowed with both literary knowledge and spiritual understanding, from Cosmas, dean in name only of the church of Prague,3 who after the contest of this life will have his reward in the celestial kingdom. ...

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Book Two

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pp. 109-181

To Clement, the spiritual father of the monastery of Břevnov,1 thus possessing a name drawn from reality [i.e., clemency] while always engaging deeply in theory, from Cosmas, hardly worthy to be called dean, the partnership of the angelic senate. ...

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Book Three

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pp. 182-254

With God’s piety supporting me, I have now fulfilled the promises I consider myself to have made you, reader.1 Remembering a few things among many concerning exploits, causes, and times past, I have now brought my narrative’s history up to the time of Duke Břetislav the Younger. ...


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pp. 255-260


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pp. 261-274

Production Notes

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p. 294-294

E-ISBN-13: 9780813217130
E-ISBN-10: 081321713X
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813215709
Print-ISBN-10: 0813215706

Page Count: 293
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Medieval texts in translation