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An Anthology of Czech Literature

1st Period: From the Beginnings until 1410


Walter Schamschula

Old Czech Literature is one of the big unknowns of verbal art in Europe, familiar only to a small number or experts. Here, for the first time within such a frame, the attempt is made to offer a significant selection in both the original and English interlinear translation. This selection spans all the major genres of fiction of Czech medieval (pre-Hussite) literature. All the texts (complete or in excerpts) are introduced and annotated. Introductory bibliographies help the student and interested reader to obtain further information.
Contents: Lat. Ludmila-Legend - Cosmas-Chronicle - Spiritual poetry - Secular poetry including songs of the vagrants - Pilate- and Judas-Legends - Catharine-Legend - Alexandriad - The «Dalimil» - Quackdoctor - Tkadleoek - Stilfríd - Thomas of Stítné etc.