Issues Accessible Online

František Šmahel MILENA BARTLOVÁ, Skutečná přítomnost. Středověký obraz mezi ikonou a virtuální realitou

František Šmahel History with or without the Sparkle. Gloss in the Margin of the Next Discussion

The development of art studies research, superb books presenting the artistic heritage and in particular huge exhibitions with many visitors are beginning to find an unintended response in broad historical public awareness. This particularly involves artistic artefacts from the Luxembourg era which as pars pro toto have taken on the role of history-making agent. For the basic line to stand out properly it needed a contrast, i.e. Hussitism as a new Dark Ages, when instead of the likes of Hus and Chelčický iconoclasts and destroyers of sacred buildings came to the fore. What was at best only indirectly indicated in specialist works became fodder for cheap journalism.

František Šmahel An Inappropriate Preface to End a Seminar in Honour of Bedřich Loewenstein

The author approaches Loewenstein’s Víra v pokrok (Faith in Progress) from the perspective of an historian and researcher for whom the construction of history takes preference over reflections on it. As a mediaevalist he focuses on the starting points of Loewenstein’s book and the European idea of progress – namely, Christian ‘soterial’ history. The author relativizes the often schematic linking together of the ideas of Modernity and novelty, which began with the Modern Age. And using several examples, the focus of which is in the cultural milieu of the court of Charles IV, he demonstrates the use of their terms, meanings, and functions in the world of Late Mediaeval man.

František Šmahel MARTIN NEJEDLÝ, Středověký mýtus o Meluzíně a rodová pověst Lucemburků

František Šmahel PAVLÍNA RYCHTEROVÁ, Die Offenbarungen der heiligen Birgitta von Schweden. Eine Untersuchung zur alttschechischen Übersetzung des Thomas von Štítné (um 1330–um 1409)

František Šmahel MARTIN NEJEDLÝ, Fortuny kolo vrtkavé. Láska, moc a společnost ve středověku

František Šmahel A History of an Historian through the Eyes of Another Historian. A Reader’s Gleanings

In a somewhat autobiographical essay on the memoirs of the medievalist Aaron Yakovlevich Gurevich, the author meditates on the development of research into medieval history in eastern Europe in the second half of the twentieth century. In the light of Gurevich’s career and his own experience, the author poses the question of whether it is possible to research freely without the protection of a powerful patron. In addition, he comments briefly on the gradual penetration of west European, particularly French, methodological innovations into Soviet and Czech historiography. He demonstrates that even in these ideologically limited worlds an historian could nevertheless develop these foreign impulses in his or her own way. The author insightfully also considers the meaning of the relationship between Gurevich and Le Goff.

František Šmahel KATEŘINA HORNÍČKOVÁ, MICHAL ŠRONĚK (edd.), Umění české reformace (1380–1620)