Transitional Type Castles in Bohemia
• (Principal) Investigator:
PhDr. Tomáš Durdík, DrSc.
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Middle Ages, castle, Bohemia

This project, the main output of which will be an eponymous book, consists of treatment and evaluation of a hitherto unrecognized castle type belonging to the earliest horizon of Bohemian royal castles, as well as of its integration into a wider European context. The type could be identified only after twenty-five years of archaeological excavation and of application of a complex method cluster of castellological studies. Transitional-type castles, being a phenomenon of crucial importance, represent a synthesis of components belonging both to the hitherto underestimated preceding autochthonous developments and to the world of fully-fledged medieval castles and are a major manifestation of qualitative social change in the 13th century. Their comprehensive treatment and comparisons with analogical transitional phenomena of the European stage in terms of feudal residences will produce a major impact on a number of specialized historical disciplines, cultural heritage management and cultivation of the national cultural awareness.

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