Autobiography of Emperor Charles IV; And, His Legend of St. Wenceslas

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Central European University Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 259 pages
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"The autobiography of the German emperor and Bohemian king Charles IV, one of the few to survive from the Middle Ages, gives a unique insight into the personality of one of the most influential rulers of 14th-century Central Europe. Covering the years from his birth in 1316 until his election as the king of Germany in 1346, Charles tells of his childhood at the court of the French kings, his marriage, his first steps on the international scene in support of his father John of Luxemburg's Italian policies, his return to Bohemia and his administration there, and his participation in John's wars in Silesia. Charles also writes at length on his ideals of the perfect ruler, and does not attempt to hide his dreams, temptations, affections, and faith. The volume also includes the first complete English translation of Charles's Legend of St. Wenceslas."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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