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/ Transmission of Knowledge. The Fortune of Four Bestsellers in Late Medieval Czech Lands

GAČR Project (GA ČR 17-19808S)

Project aims to rethink the history of late medieval literacy in the Czech lands. Four texts were chosen as examples illustrating the spread and changes of literate circles. All of them assemble knowledge of the world in the form of of historical, philosophical, medicinal, moralising or catechetical summaries. All of them circulated in a large number of manuscripts extant to this day. Secretum secretorum, Liber de hominum et officiis nobilium sive super ludum scaccorum, Elucidarium and Chronicon pontificum et imperatorum are distinctive for totality of material and at the same time differ significantly from extensive 13th-century summas. These texts were copied, adapted and even translated into the vernacular during the entire 14th and 15th centuries. Since they were gradually spreading, initially to elite centres of learning, but later also to a larger scope of groups of recipients (parishes, citizens, nobility), we consider them to be an applicable material for the aforementioned objective of the project. The aforementioned texts were communicated more intensively in the Czech lands from the beginning of the 14th century. The initial manifestations of humanism in the Czech lands and the introduction of printing in the second half of the 15th century significantly changed the paradigm of the reception of this type of works. In this chronological framework, we would like to grasp the phenomenon of enlarging circles of readers including all individuals who read, owned, transcribed, or received the selected text. The research team will examine the transfer of various types of knowledge, summarized in our four texts, into various social, cultural and confessional milieus which determined the way in which the texts were read and interpreted.
Team members: Vojtěch Bažant, Jaroslav Svátek, Václav Žůrek
Investigator: Pavlína Cermanová
Duration: 2017–2019


/ Birth of the Bohemian Town and Mendicant Orders

GAČR Project (GA16-06083S)

The interdisciplinary project sets its aim as a synthetic treatment of role of mendicant orders in Bohemian and Moravian society's urbanization and integration into the Western European cultural milieu. Particularly the Dominicans and Minorites participated in a significant way in the formation of the space of the first Bohemian towns including the spiritual world of their populaces. The theme of the research is closed in terms of time roughly at the middle of the 14th century, when the first stage of the foundations of mendicant friaries ends in the Czech lands. To achieve the goals set, we want to connect the research results of the past decades, which have provided new, important collections of information in terms of archaeology, building history and archival studies on the individual mendicant centres, their social roles and material culture.
Prof. PhDr. Petr Sommer, CSc., DSc., Centre for Medieval Studies, Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Coordinator: Jan Kremer
Duration: 2016–2018


/ Cultural Codes and their Transformation in the Hussite Period

Project for the Support of Excellence in the Basic Research (GAČR P405/12/G148)

Investigator: Prof. PhDr. František Šmahel, DrSc., Centre for Medieval Studies, Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Co-investigator: PhDr. Alena Černá, Ph.D., Institute of the Czech Language of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Second co-investigator: Prof. PhDr. Jiří Kuthan, DrSc., Catholic Theological Faculty
Coordinators: Mgr. Robert Novotný, Ph.D., Mgr. Pavel Soukup, Ph.D.
Duration: 2012–2018


/ Magistri Iohannis Hus Opera omnia

The editorial care of the latin works of Jan Hus, formerly published but abandoned by "Academia. Nakladatelství Československé akademie věd", has been taken over by the Centre for Medieval Studies in cooperation with the Belgian publisher Brepols n.v. Since 2004 new volumes and revised editions have been integrated into the renown series Corpus Christianorum – Continuatio Mediaevalis, keeping the original numbering of the old Opera omnia as additional mark besides the appropriate place in the new series. The secretary of the editorial commission - dr. Gabriel Silagi - has been appointed by the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and has his seat at the CMS. He is responsible for the last revision of all manuscripts to appear in the series. Further editions are in preparation in Prague and Brno and will be ready in due time.
Secretary: dr. Gabriel Silagi


Previous Projects:

/ Culture and Art of the Benedictine Order in the Central Europe 800-1300

NAKI Grant of the Ministry of Culture (DF11P01OVV007)

Duration: 2011-2015
Investigator (CMS): Prof. Petr Sommer
Coordinator (CMS): Pavlína Mašková
Co-investigator: Prof. Vít Vlnas, National Gallery in Prague
Second co-investigator: Prof. PhDr. Jiří Kuthan, DrSc., Catholic Theological Faculty
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/ Origins of the Vernacular Mode. Regional Identities And European Networks in Late Medieval Europe

ERC-Starting Grant 263672

Investigator: dr. Pavlína Rychterová
Coordinator (CMS): doc. Lucie Doležalová
Web pages:


/ Coexistence of the Christian and Jewish Population in Medieval Bohemia

Grant of the Czech Science Foundation (ID number P405/11/1982)

Trvání: 2011-2014
Řešitel za HIÚ: PhDr. Eva Doležalová, Ph.D.
Spoluřešitel za CMS: PhDr. Martin Musílek, CMS FLÚ AV ČR

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