Vladislaus Henry

The Formation of Moravian Identity


This book offer a biography of a key East Central European ruler, Vladislaus Henry, who ruled the Margraviate of Moravia from 1198 to 1222 and, in cooperation with his brother, King Přemysl Otakar I of Bohemia, was involved in the transformation of the Holy Roman Empire into a free union of Princes.
The study also describes the successful modernisation of Moravia and Bohemia during the 13th century, and reflects on the beginnings of the politically emancipated community of the Moravians, which was defined by land values. The work thus draws attention to a previously overlooked dimension of the European Middle Ages, including the history of not only states and nations but also of lands.

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Martin Wihoda, Ph.D. (2005, Brno) is Professor of Medieval History at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. He has published articles in various international journals and volumes and his monograph on the charters of Emperor Frederick II, Die Sizilischen Goldenen Bullen von 1212. Kaiser Friedrichs Privilegien für die Přemysliden im Erinnerungsdiskurs, was published in the series 'Beihefte zu J. F. Böhmer Regesta Imperii'.
Acknowledgements vii
List of Illustrations ix
Abbreviations xxi
Map xxiv
1 A Remote Mirror 1
2 An Heir 12
1 The Years of Fame and False Hopes 16
2 A Witness to a Dying Time 27
3 The First Man in the Duchy 45
3 The Margrave 61
1 The Epilogue of the Ducal Age 66
2 The Nuremberg Mission 80
3 Two Moravias 100
4 The December Agreement 112
5 From Hedwig to Heilwidis 134
4 The Land 141
1 The Ruler 145
2 The Governor 157
3 The Manager 168
4 The Founder 181
5 The Patron 205
5 Memory 223
1 Gerlach and the Others 227
2 The Gracious Duke 234
3 It Happened One Night 246
6 Legacy 254
1 From Margraves to a Margraviate 257
2 Transformation on the Periphery 277
3 The Making of Central Europe 284
1 The Margraves of Moravia of the Přemyslid Period 297
2 Vladislaus’ Lineage 298
Bibliography 300
1 Sources 300
2 Literature 306
Index 337
All interested in history and the process of “Westernization” of East Central Europe during the 13th century.