On the election (nomination) of the first bishops of Prague Cover Image

Wokół wyboru (nominacji) pierwszych biskupów praskich
On the election (nomination) of the first bishops of Prague

Author(s): Marzena Matla
Contributor(s): Agnieszka Tokarczuk (Translator)
Subject(s): History, Middle Ages, 6th to 12th Centuries
Published by: Wydawnictwo Adam Marszałek
Keywords: ecclesiastical organisation; bishops; the Přemyslids;Bohemia 10th-11th centuries;

Summary/Abstract: Despite the fact that the Prague bishopric was subordinated to the metrop-olis of Mainz and that newly elected candidates were invested with office by the German ruler, most Czech researchers believe that the designation of a candidate for this position was an elementary right of the Bohemian duke. However, some authors suggest that that the German king/emperor could have had a decisive influence in the earliest period. This discrepancy is due to the dearth and contradictory purport of the earliest sources. The re-analysis of written sources pertaining to the first bishops of Prague has demonstrated that the Chronica written by Cosmas, the dean of the Prague, is unreliable as regards the tenth and the early eleventh centuries. The anal-ysis has also shown that although an independence of a Bohemian duke in the selection of candidates for the position of the bishop of Prague is more conceivable starting from Adalbert, the first bishop Dietmar was likely the nominee of Otto II, as indicated by the political context of the years 975–976 and the course of the Bohemian-German conflict.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 40-63
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Polish