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Karoli IV Imperatoris Romanorum
Vita Ab Eo Ipso Conscripta

Autobiography of Emperor Charles IV and his Legend of St Wenceslas

Edited by Balázs Nagy, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest

Translated by Paul W. Knoll, Department of History, University of Southern California and
Frank Schaer, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest

One of the few autobiographies to have survived from the Middle Ages, this life history of one of the most influential rulers of the fourteenth century, Charles IV of Bohemia, covers his life from birth until his election as King of Germany in 1346.

Charles IV describes his childhood, spent mainly in the court of French kings, his juvenile years, his marriage and his first steps into the international political scene during the early part of the fourteenth century.

A unique addition to this volume is the first ever English translation of the Legend of Saint Wenceslas, written by Charles IV of Luxemburg.

This is the first autobiography to contain both the Latin narrative sources and a complete English-language translation.

"...das Konzept der neuen Publikationsreihe besteht darin, in freier Auswahl mittelalterliche historiographische Texte des östlichen Mitteleuropa in der Quellensprache (in der Regel Latein) zusammen mit einer englischen Übersetzung zu publizieren, wobei der lateinische Text der Fassung der besten vorliegenden Edition folgt. Begleitet werden die Ausgaben von ausführlichen Einleitungen, die den Autor und die Quelle vorstellen, sowie erläuternden Anmerkungen." - Zeitschrift für Osteuropa-Forschung

Central European Medieval Texts series, Volume II
300 pages, 2001
ISBN 978-963-9116-32-0 cloth $54.95 / €46.95 / Ł40.00 out of print

Central European Medieval Texts Series
Editors: János M. Bak, Urszula Borkowska, Giles Constable, Gábor Klaniczay
ISSN 1419-7782