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  • Douglas Brough
    All, This book review was very interesting and i thought you may all like to read it. Take Care Douglas ... [Non-text portions of this message have been
    Message 1 of 137 , Aug 23, 2012
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      This book review was very interesting and i thought you may all like to read it.
      Take Care

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      >Subject: H-Net Review Publication: Grant on Wolverton, 'The Chronicle of the Czechs, by Cosmas of Prague'
      >Lisa Wolverton, trans. and introduction.  The Chronicle of the
      >Czechs, by Cosmas of Prague.  Medieval Texts in Translation.
      >Washington, DC  Catholic University of America Press, 2009.  xviii +
      >274 pp. Maps, bibliography, index.  $34.95 (paper), ISBN
      >Reviewed by Jeanne E. Grant (Metropolitan State University)
      >Published on H-German (August, 2012)
      >Commissioned by Benita Blessing
      >The Chronicle of Cosmas in Prague in Political Lighting
      >Lisa Wolverton has made an important medieval chronicle more
      >accessible to English-speakers with a highly readable translation of
      >Cosmas of Prague's _Chronicle of the Czechs_. Cosmas (d. 1125), a
      >dean of the see of Prague and thus witness to many important events,
      >records in his chronicle the stories surrounding the introduction of
      >the Czechs to the lands all the way to his own time. The translation
      >is not only readable, but also reveals the highly engaging narrative
      >found in the chronicle and will undoubtedly prove very useful to
      >instructors, with many potential pedogocical applications. For
      >example, instructors could use it in an introductory course as a
      >primary source in translation or with advanced students in
      >conjunction with the edited version published in the _Monumenta__
      >__Germaniae__ __Historica_.[1]
      >The introduction and notes throughout the text point to ways
      >historians today might interpret the chronicle's purpose and
      >consequences, tracking perhaps unintended ones. The introduction in
      >particular presents a political, primarily secular, roadmap to
      >Cosmas's chronicle. Who Cosmas understood to be "the Czechs" and
      >whether he intended to "define the Czechs as a nation through
      >history[-telling]" (p. 3) is debatable, but Wolverton has provided
      >the reader with tools and clues to such an interpretation and she has
      >done this without overburdening the text of the chronicle. The
      >political focus, found in the introduction, derives logically from
      >Wolverton's work in medieval Bohemian history.[2] As she points out
      >in the introduction, Cosmas's chronicle offers "rich material" on a
      >wide array of subjects, not just political history. The excellent
      >index allows readers quick access to those subjects. That it does is
      >extremely fortunate for Cosmas's chronicle constitutes almost the
      >only source from c. 1100 from Bohemia about Bohemia.
      >Cosmas focused on political events and employed references to many
      >ancient authors, which the footnotes Wolverton supplies make
      >clear,[3] and yet his chronicle begins as many medieval chronicles
      >did, with what medieval Christians understood as the
      >"beginning"--that is, the biblical account of Creation. Thus the
      >chronicle can and should be read as a somewhat typical medieval
      >universal history with all the religious connotations, lessons,
      >directives, and allusions that implies, and Wolverton has done a
      >great service by providing a translation that allows for nuanced
      >readings and interpretations.
      >[1]. Bertold Bretholz and Wilhelm Weinberger, eds., _Monumenta__
      >__Germaniae__ __Historica__, __Scriptores__ __Rerum__
      >__Germanicarum__, Nova Series. __Tomus__ II, __Cosmae__ __Pragensis__
      >__Chronica__ __Boemorum_ (Berlin: Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1923).
      >This was, in fact, the critical edition that Wolverton used. MGH has
      >been digitized and can be accessed at the following URL:
      >[2]. Lisa Wolverton, _Hastening toward Prague: Power and Society in
      >the Medieval Czech Lands_ (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania
      >Press, 2001).
      >[3]. On page 10 in footnote 17, Wolverton lists the books Cosmas
      >"clearly had before him in their entirety," including ancient
      >classics by Virgil, Lucan, Sedulius, and Sallust.
      >Citation: Jeanne E. Grant. Review of Wolverton, Lisa, trans. and
      >introduction, _The Chronicle of the Czechs, by Cosmas of Prague_.
      >H-German, H-Net Reviews. August, 2012.
      >URL: https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=34260
      >This work is licensed under a Creative Commons
      >Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States

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    • Julie Michutka
      Looks wicked cool! ~ Julie Michutka
      Message 137 of 137 , Sep 5, 2012
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        Looks wicked cool!

        ~ Julie Michutka

        On Sep 5, 2012, at 9:53 PM, Ben Sorensen wrote:

        > Hey y'all. :-)
        > So, in searching for a good dictionary, I stumbled on something that may be interesting to our linguists and librarians!
        > http://ksana-k.narod2.ru/dict/ss/ss1.html#a
        > Enjoy-- I hope it stays online for a while.
        > Ben
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