The Ideal Ruler in Medieval Bohemia discusses the development of medieval concepts and ideas about just and unjust rulership in medieval Bohemia. This theme is examined in the context of the European political thinking between 6th and 14th centuries.
Robert Antonín provides new insights into interpretations of medieval sources of various kinds and asks innovative questions regarding the legitimization of monarchic power, the importance of Saint Wenceslaus, the role of ancient and biblical motifs in the Czech sources, and the influence of chivalric ideals on concepts of power. The theme of the book revolves around medieval perceptions of ideal rulership, which is seen as one of the cultural-anthropological constants shaping the social reality of the contemporary world.
Robert Antonín, Ph.D. (1977), University of Ostrava, is Associate Professor of Medieval Studies at that university. He has published monographs and many articles on political, social and cultural development of medieval Central Europe.
All interested in the medieval history, cultural history and historiography of Bohemia, and anyone concerned with political thinking of the Middle Ages.