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Charles IV: Portrait of a Medieval Ruler

“Charles IV: Portrait of a Medieval Ruler” by Václav Žurek, and translated by Ian Finlay Stone.

A critical examination of the life and legacy of Charles IV.

Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor, has been called “one of the most learned and diplomatically skillful sovereigns” of the fourteenth century.

Having moved the seat of the Holy Roman Empire to Prague and founding the first university in Central Europe, Charles IV is a towering figure in Czech history and a crucial character in the story of medieval Europe.


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