The Parisian Summit, 1377-78

Emperor Charles IV and King Charles V of France

Frantisek Smahel

The Parisian Summit, 1377-78

Frantisek Smahel

Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

680 pages | 150 color plates | 9 x 11 | © 2014
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9788024625225 Published June 2015 Not for sale in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic
The Czech king and Roman Emperor Charles IV met with the French king Charles V in Paris in 1378. Reconstructing the journey to this meeting with deft narrative talent, František Šmahel traces the king’s progress from Prague to Paris, piecing together a modern chronicle from contemporary French scholarship and medieval literature. The result is an appealing account of medieval life, everyday intellectualism, grand European politics of the time, and even medieval cuisine.
           
Šmahel sets the stage by presenting details of the life of Charles IV, including his early days in Paris and the political and international goals of his father, John of Bohemia. The author then presents a transcription of richly illustrated French chronicles of the historic meeting and offers an analysis of the importance of the conclave of the two most powerful European rulers of the time. Finally, Šmahel considers, in individual studies, the practical organization of medieval festivities, including their logistics, transportation, culinary details, court manners, relationships, and symbols.
           
With techniques borrowed from the fields of archaeology and microhistory as well as cultural anthropology and iconography, The Parisian Summit, 1377–78 is a highly readable account of medieval lives and times that will appeal to historians as well as nonacademic audiences.
Contents
Preface to the English Edition
 
Prologue: The Luxemburgs and France 1322-1377
The Childhood Years of the Two Charleses
Metz 1356: The First Meeting of the Two Charleses
Dauphin Charles 1357-1354: Basking in Glory and Eclipsed
France during the Reign of Charles V the Wise
European Dimensions of Charles IV’s Reign
 
An Introductory Word to Readers
 
THE ACCOUNT OF THE GREAT CHRONICLES OF FRANCE ON THE JOURNEY OF HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR CHARLES IV TO FRANCE
 
EPILOGUE: REPERCUSSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS OF THE PARISIAN SUMMIT
 
EXCURSES AND INVESTIGATIONS
 
Appendix
List of Abbreviations
Family Tree of the Valois Dynasty
Luxemburg Dynasty
Bibliography of sources and secondary literature
List of figures
List of miniatures
Index
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