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Early Books Lecture Series - “The Golden Bull: Medieval Politics of the Highest Caliber in a Manuscript”


<p style="padding-left: 210px;">(Detail) from <em>The Golden Bull of 1356.</em></p>

(Detail) from The Golden Bull of 1356.

Date: April 9, 2013

Times: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location:   Special Collections

Contact: Bob Diaz

Description:

The Golden Bull: Medieval Politics of the Highest Caliber in a Manuscript” with Albrecht Classen, Professor, UA Department of German Studies

In 1356 the German emperor and the prince electors all agreed on a new treatise that regulated the relationship between the head of the country and the princes in a new way, paving the way for the future territorialization of the Holy Roman Empire. This meant that Emperor Charles IV gained a number of privileges for his own policies, but he also abandoned thereby the traditional idea of a strongly centralized Empire.

Special Collections at the University of Arizona houses a facsimile of that manuscript, produced for Charles’s son, Wenzeslas, today housed in the Austrian National Library Vienna, the famous Codex Vindobonensis 338 d. With this Golden Bull, however, Germany finally had an official document that regulated the election process of the German king, still far away from a democracy, but certainly comparable to some extent to the English Magna Carta. Here we also notice for the first time that the papal influence in the election of a German king/emperor was completely left out.

Special Collections at the University of Arizona hosts the Early Books Lecture Series X, an annual lecture series where University of Arizona scholars explore the treasure trove of medieval texts held by the University Libraries. In this tenth year of the lecture series, professors of Classics, German Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese will give their audiences new insights into centuries-old historic texts. The evening lectures are scheduled for the first three Tuesdays in April and will be held in Special Collections.

The schedule for the tenth year of the Early Books Lecture Series is:

Lecture I: April 2, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
 “Golden Boughs: De luxe Early Virgil Manuscripts” with Cynthia White, Professor, UA Department of Classics

Lecture II: April 9, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Golden Bull: Medieval Politics of the Highest Caliber in a Manuscript” with Albrecht Classen, Professor, UA Department of German Studies

Lecture III: April 16, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Map of Cuauhtinchan No. 2: A Claim for Territorial Rights in 16th Century Mexico’s New World Order” with Jaime Fatás Cabeza, Director, Spanish Translation and Interpretation Program, UA Department of Spanish and Portuguese