The Institute of History, Czech Academy of Sciences

Department of Medieval History

PhDr. Eva Doležalová, Ph.D.

PhDr. Robert Šimůnek, Ph.D., DSc.

Focus of the department:
The focal point of the research activity of the department is the research of political economic and cultural history of the Bohemian state from the 9th to the turn of the 16th century with an emphasis on a comparison with Central European and European development. An important prerequisite of this research is work on the editorial publication of the written sources for this history. The members of the department regularly teach and lecture at higher education workplaces, particularly at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague. They also participate in the popularization of the results of basic research, mainly on Czech Television and on Czech Radio.


  1. The rise and early development of the Central and East-Central European states and state-like bodies (The Great Moravia, Bohemia, Poland, Hungary, medieval Roman Empire, and others), a comparative study with the application of interdisciplinary methods (cultural anthropology, archeology, history of arts).
  2. The late medieval transformation of the Czech society; the complex research covering the characteristics and intensity of colonization, changes in the nature and structure of nobility, significance of royal court, development of land maintenance, and the participation of the Bohemian kingdom in European politics.
  3. The development of structure and mentality of the Bohemian late medieval society, with special emphasis to the Hussite revolution, its specific features as well as its parallels in Europe, and to the Bohemian reformation thought (Hus, Rokycana, Jan of Příbram, Petr Chlečický) in European context.
  4. Historical geography and cartography, including the leading coordination of a serial project The Historical Atlas of Czech Towns.
  5. Editions of medieval sources in the following series: Regesta diplomatica nec non epistolaria Bohemiae et Moraviae and Regesta Bohemiae et Moraviae aetatis Venceslai IV. (1378-1419); co-operation in the renewed editorial series Bohemian Archives, Fontes rerum Bohemicarum. The Commission for Edition of Medieval Diplomatic Sources headed by Dr. P. Krafl of this Department coordinates editorial work throughout the Czech Republic.

Department Members / Project Members:

Mediaevalia Historica Bohemica