Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9788024625225 Will Publish November 2014 Not for sale in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic

The Paris Summit, 1377-78

Emperor Charles IV and King Charles V of France

Frantisek Smahel

Frantisek Smahel

Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

680 pages | 150 color plates | 9 x 11
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9788024625225 Will Publish November 2014 Not for sale in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic
The Czech king and Roman Emperor Charles IV met with the French king Charles V in Paris in 1378. Reconstructing the journey to this meeting with deft narrative talent, František Šmahel traces the king’s progress from Prague to Paris, piecing together a modern chronicle from contemporary French scholarship and medieval literature. The result is an appealing account of medieval life, everyday intellectualism, grand European politics of the time, and even medieval cuisine.
           
Šmahel sets the stage by presenting details of the life of Charles IV, including his early days in Paris and the political and international goals of his father, John of Bohemia. The author then presents a transcription of richly illustrated French chronicles of the historic meeting and offers an analysis of the importance of the conclave of the two most powerful European rulers of the time. Finally, Šmahel considers, in individual studies, the practical organization of medieval festivities, including their logistics, transportation, culinary details, court manners, relationships, and symbols.
           
With techniques borrowed from the fields of archaeology and microhistory as well as cultural anthropology and iconography, The Paris Summit, 1377–78 is a highly readable account of medieval lives and times that will appeal to historians as well as nonacademic audiences.
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