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AROUND 1120 an elderly Czech, Cosmas, a secular canon in the Prague cathedral chapter, finished the first book of a Latin text he called a “chronica Boemorum,” that is, a “Chronicle of the Czechs.”¹ It began in a legendary age with the first inhabitants of Bohemia, who gave the land its name, then t...

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Published in: Cosmas of Prague p. 1
Main Author: LISA WOLVERTON
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Catholic University of America Press 12-01-2014
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Summary: AROUND 1120 an elderly Czech, Cosmas, a secular canon in the Prague cathedral chapter, finished the first book of a Latin text he called a “chronica Boemorum,” that is, a “Chronicle of the Czechs.”¹ It began in a legendary age with the first inhabitants of Bohemia, who gave the land its name, then told the story of their first ruler, their conversion to Christianity and first native saints, wars with neighboring peoples, the succession of bishops of Prague, and closed with the accession of the great mid-eleventh-century duke, Břetislav I. Five years later, Cosmas had finished two more books, relating
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