By David Kalhous
An research of the early Přemyslid realm presents a chance for spotting the significance of alternative components interested in the formation of solid social buildings within the early medieval regnum. The modern narrative emphasizes the significance of violence, the place the Přemyslid princes and their robust retinues imposed princely will on elites and freemen in Bohemia and Moravia. even though, our awareness additionally turns to the complex facts of assumed robust cavalry armies and the significance of communique among prince, elites and church, a little problematizing the position of violence because the fundamental instrument of governance.
Furthermore, an research of “otherness” in Saxon chronicles and a comparability of alternative traditions of St. Wenceslas and nice Moravia be certain the significance of the “Identitätsbildung”-process and “ideology” as stabilising components within the new Přemyslid regnum.
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Anatomy of a Duchy: The Political and Ecclesiastical Structures of Early Přemyslid Bohemia by David Kalhous