Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Letters of the Rozmberk Sisters: Noblewomen in Fifteenth-Century Bohemia. Translated from Czech and German with Introduction, Notes and Interpretive

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Letters of the Rozmberk Sisters: Noblewomen in Fifteenth-Century Bohemia. Translated from Czech and German with Introduction, Notes and Interpretive

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The Letters of the Rozmberk Sisters: Noblewomen in Fifteenth-Century Bohemia. Translated from Czech and German with Introduction, Notes and Interpretive, by John M. Klassen with Eva Dolezlova and Lynn Szabo (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2001). x + 134 pp. ISBN 0-85991-612-X. L14.99. Anezka and Perchta of Rozemberk were the daughters of Ulrich of Rozemberk, the leader of the Catholic-Austrian party in south Bohemia in the mid-fifteenth century, and thus members of the most influential noble family in the region. The elder of the sisters, Anezka, an unusual example of a great noblewoman who chose to remain unmarried, resided in the castle of Trebon, whereas Perchta was married to John of Lichtenstejn, lord of Mikulov (and had a great dispute about her dowry). They were brought up at their father's seat of Cesky Krumlov. This volume in the Library of Medieval Women series provides English translations of a selection of the personal letters written by the sisters, in Czech and German, to their menfolk, preserved in a letter collection in the State Archive at Trebon, and of particular interest for the light they shed on the lives of women at the very top of the social scale in late-medieval Bohemia. …

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