The Office of the Queen and its Reflection in the Chronicle of Zbraslav Cover Image

Role královny a jejich reflexe ve Zbraslavské kronice
The Office of the Queen and its Reflection in the Chronicle of Zbraslav

Author(s): Věra Vejrychová
Subject(s): History
Published by: AV ČR - Akademie věd České republiky - Filosofický ústav
Keywords: Queenship; political power; gender roles; ideal reign; Zbraslav Chronicle

Summary/Abstract: Based on an analysis of the Zbraslav Chronicle, the study examines ideas about the status ofqueens in medieval society, namely, the forms, possibilities, and limits of the application of theirinfluence as well as the interconnection between political power and gender-defined roles. The aim of the study is to highlight one of the forms of research on queens that has not been morewidely applied in Czech medieval studies and, at the same time, to create a basic overview of themotifs which are thematised in connection with the office in the chronicle. Attention is focusedon the complementarity of royal power (the reign is presented as a result of the synergy ofthe royal couple that reflects the ideal of marriage and parenthood) and, further, on the closeconnection of the “private” roles of the queen within the royal family vis-a-vis the public affairsof the kingdom. The maternal relationship to communitas regni and care for the common goodthus in the imagination of the Zbraslav chroniclers come to the fore as some of the definingfeatures of the ideal of a queen.

  • Issue Year: 7/2015
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 55-79
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Czech