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27 Apr 2009 00:00 - 00:00

Golden Prague - Prague under the Emperor Charles IV

This lecture looks at the medieval heyday of Prague during the reign of the Bohemian King andGerman Emperor Charles IV of Luxembourg. When he arrived in the city from Parisin 1333, he found it a place of desolation. By the time of his death in 1378, he and his architects and cultural advisers had transformed it into GoldenPrague - a city half-eastern (Slav) and half-western. Charlesrebuilt its cathedral and laid out a vast new town around the old medieval one.He reactivated the myths of the city's Slav history, transforming the capitalinto a European centre of religious devotion. Through processions, pilgrimagesand relic exhibitions, fourteenth-century Prague came to be seen as a secondRome and a second Jerusalem, acting as a huge theatrical back-drop for thepresentation of Charles as King of Bohemia and monarcha mundi - ruler ofthe world.

Professor Crossley was educated at Downside School and Trinity College Cambridge, where he read Law and History of Art. He completed his doctorate at Trinity and at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow on the Architecture of Kasimir the Great and the emergence of Late Gothic architecture in Lesser Poland and Central Europe.

Tickets £18 to include a glass of wine afterwards: events@ukczechfriends.org

Monday 27th April 2009, at 6.30pm for a start at 6.45pm in the Swedenborg Society, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, WC1A 2TH.

Entrance to the Lecture Room is just off Bloomsbury Way in Barter Street.


30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom


27 Apr 2009 00:00 - 00:00


UK Friends of Czech Historic Buildings, Gardens and Parks

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