Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Emperor Charles IV - 700th anniversary

The online site from Denmark Medieval Histories is always well worth receiving - I would recommend readers to sign up to this free service - and their latest edition is truly splendid being devoted almost entirely to articles about the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, the 700th anniversary of whose birth falls this year. These give remarkable insights, accompanied by splendid illustrations, into the life and times of the Emperor. I have copied and pasted their entry page, which has some other articles of interest at the end.


Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor, lived from 1316 – 1478. All year, Czechia have celebrated their national hero culminating this weekend with a scientifically based recreation of his coronation in 1347. Read all about this event, the exhibitions in both Prague and Nuremberg (coming-up), the many portraits of him, his autobiography, his spectacular crowns and much more. If you miss an angle – don’t despair. There will be a follow-up!
Couple playacting as Charles IV and Queen Blanche 1347 - 2016 Honza Keokotah

Invitation to the Coronation of Charles IV 2016

The re-enactment of the Coronation of Charles IV in Prague is a recurrent event. This year, it will be a faithful, scientifically based recreation
Banner with exhibition Charles IV 1316 - 2016

Charles IV – 1316 - 2016

This year Prag and Nuremberg celebrates the birth of Charles IV (1316 – 1378) with two major exhibitions and a number of other events.
Charles IV - Statue in prague from 1848 by Ernst Julius Hähnel

Charles IV – Adventurer or National hero?

In 2005 the Czech cast their vote as to who was the greatest Czech hero. Curiously enough a medieval king, Charles IV, came out on top by 68.713 votes.   Read more.
Charles IV carried into Paris- BnF, FR 2813 f 469

Charles IV – Boisterous Youth and Crippled King

Charles IV was known as an agile youth with a penchant for taking part in tournaments. However, in 1350 he was severely crippled
Portrait of Charles IV in Prague detail

Charles IV and His Autobiography

The Vita Caroli Quarti of Charles IV (1316 – 1378) is one of the earliest royal autobiographies written. A new edition celebrates the 700-year anniversary
The Last Judgement at the Golden Gate of St. Vitus in Prague. Source: Wikipedia

The Curious Mind of Charles IV

Charles IV was an extremely sensual person possessing a creative and curious mind. A vast number of sources witness to this remarkable leader
Adoring the cross at Karlsteijn

The Portraits of Charles IV of Bohemia

Charles IV belongs to a group of 14th century rulers who commissioned artists to render them as personally recognizable individuals when acting as kings   Read more.
Relief showing the Coronation of Charles in Milan 1354. Notice the crowns hanging above the altar and the bearer of the sword. Workshop of Matteo da Campione. . © Museo e Tesoro del Duomo di Monza

Crowns of Charles IV of Bohemia

Charles IV was obsessed with organising impressive medieval spectacles. One of the important props were his crowns, of which we know several.
Old part of Prague Castle

Prague – Centre Stage for Charles IV

Charles IV was a king obsessed with organising feasts and processions of all sorts. His rebuilding of Prague is a witness to this.

Medieval Travels....

Karlstejn © pstours

The Castle of Karlštejn

Karlstejn is a remarkable witness to the creative energy of Charles IV, king of Bohema and Holy Roman Emperor 1316 - 1378
Reconstructed medieval outfits from the time of Charles IV

Karlštejn Castle and its Treasure

The Karlštejn Treasure is a collection of around 400 objects dating back to the 14th century, when Charles IV commissioned the building of the Castle.
Castle in Lauf - Wenzelschloss-gallery of coat of arms -detail

The Castle in Lauf -  Wenzelschloss –

The Castle in Lauf – also known as the Wenzelschloss – was constructed by Charles IV in 1356 on the road between Prague and Nuremberg.

Medieval Exhibitions...

Pavillon de l’Horloge Medievale musée du Louvre Thierry Ollivier WEB

Medieval Louvre

To all medievalists: skip queuing for Mona Lisa and visit the newly opened parts of Louvre where its medieval history is told
Hans Memling Triptych of Jan Crabbe

Triptych of Jan Crabbe

Hans Memling's Triptych of Jan Crabbe is reunited in Landmark Exhibition at the Morgan in the autumn

New Research....


Tomb of Suleiman the Magnificent in Szigetvár

When Suleiman the Magnificent died in Szigetvár his heart and entrails were buried there. His newly discovered mausoleum is hoped to be a new tourism magnet    Read more.

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