Building monarchy, building ecclesiastical organization : the early Přemyslid monarchy (X-XII c.)

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KALHOUS David

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Faculty of Arts

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Description Our probes in the early history of the Přemyslid monarchy suffer on the lacking sources, though, they have helped to demonstrate – as I at least hope – the immense importance of the church and ecclesiastical organization in framing territorially the princely power and protecting it. They also indicate slowness of the process of its intensification in the region and enable to identify the strategies, princes and church used to strengthen the bonds between the center and periphery. Whereas at the beginning, Přemyslids and Bishops of Prague were primarily controlling the incomes from regions or villages near Prague at the end of the tenth century, since ca. 1050s, we can follow the donations of individual settlements and incomes in other regions, especially in North-West Bohemia, or in Southern Moravia. It is also possible to follow the attempts to involve the local elites in wider structures of power via the donations to the ecclesiastical institutions, or via founding the churches from their own will, which still must have been consecrated by the bishop, and thus they were under certain episcopal control. In the following decades, the structure of donations transforms from the shares on the tributes from larger areas on behalf of the individual incomes and estates. Finally, in 1140s, the borders start to be important on the local level, though, the process of the territorial organization of the church in the Czech lands was slow and did not succeed before the fourteenth century.
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