Centre for Research on Courts and Residences in the Middle Ages

Activities of the Centre

Since 1 January 2013, the Centre for Research on Courts and Residences in the Middle Ages has conducted research on the courts of primarily the medieval era. It namely studies royal, noble, and ecclesiastical courts. In addition to elementary approaches applied in the study of the composition and occupancy of courts, the centre focuses on expressions of everydayness, chivalry, the history of art and literature, and the reception of these trends in the modern early period. The centre builds on the findings of court research begun in 2005 at the Institute of History of the Czech Academy of Sciences (old website www.dvory-a-rezidence.cz). It collaborates with a number of Czech and foreign researchers from the ranks of historians, archivists, archaeologists, philologists, Germanists, and Bohemists. Interdisciplinary research is overseen by a scientific council comprising leading Czech and foreign scholars. The activities of the centre are presented by means of international scientific conferences, lectures, and scientific publications.

Director

doc. PhDr. Dana Dvořáčková (née Malá), Ph.D.  

Deputy director

PhDr. Jan Zelenka, Ph.D. 

Secretary

Mgr. František Záruba, Ph.D.

Contact address

Institute of History of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Prosecká 809/76
190 00 Praha 9
dvoryarezidence@hiu.cas.cz  

Collaborators

Dr. Éloïse Adde (Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Vienna)
doc. PhDr. Zdeněk Beran, Ph.D. (Institute of History, Philosophical Faculty, University of Hradec Králové)
PhDr. Jaroslav Boubín, CSc. (Institute of History, Czech Academy of Sciences, external site in České Budějovice)
PhDr. Helena Březinová, Ph.D. (Institute of Archaeology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague)
prof. dr. hab. Bożena Czwojdrak (Institute of History, University of Silesia, Katowice
PhDr. Eva Doležalová, Ph.D. (Institute of History, Czech Academy of Sciences)
Mgr. Pavel Drnovský, Ph.D. (Department of Archaeology, Philosophical Faculty, University of Hradec Králové)
PhDr. Daniela Dvořáková, Ph.D. (Institute of History, Slovak Academy of Sciences)
Mgr. Jana Fantysová Matějková, Ph.D. (Masaryk Institute and Archive, Czech Academy of Sciences)
PhDr. Lenka Hlávková, Ph.D. (Institute of Musicology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University)
PhDr. Jiří Hrbek, Ph.D. (Institute of History, Czech Academy of Sciences)
doc. Mgr. Petr Kozák, Ph.D. (Regional Archive in Opava)
PhDr. Karel Maráz, Ph.D. (Department of Auxiliary Historical Sciences and Archive Studies, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University)
doc. Mgr. Martin Nodl, Ph.D. (Centre for Medieval Studies, Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Charles University)
PhDr. Mgr. Jakub Razim, Ph.D. (Department of Theory of Law and Legal History, Faculty of Law, Palacký University Olomouc)
Mgr. Kristýna Solomon, Ph.D. (Department of German Studies, Faculty of Arts, Palacký University Olomouc)
doc. PhDr. Martin Šandera, Ph.D. (Institute of History, Philosophical Faculty, University of Hradec Králové)
Mgr. Ladislav Varadzin, Ph.D. (Institute of Archaeology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague)
dr. hab. Piotr Węcowski (Institute of History, University of Warsaw)
Mgr. Zdeněk Žalud, Ph.D. (Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences; Hussite Museum in Tábor)

Scientific Council

PhDr. Klára Benešovská, CSc. (Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences)
Prof. PhDr. Marie Bláhová, DrSc. (Department of Auxiliary Historical Sciences and Archive Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University)
PhDr. Lenka Blechová, Ph.D. (Institute of History, Czech Academy of Sciences)
Prof. PhDr. Lenka Bobková, CSc. (Institute of Czech History, Faculty of Arts, Charles University)
PhDr. Milena Bravermanová (Institute of Archaeology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague)
prof. PhDr. Václav Bůžek, CSc. (Institute of History, Faculty of Arts, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice)
doc. PhDr. Dalibor Havel, Ph.D. (Department of Auxiliary Historical Sciences and Archive Studies, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University)
Prof. PhDr. Ivan Hlaváček, CSc. (Department of Auxiliary Historical Sciences and Archive Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University)
Prof. PhDr. Martin Holý, Ph.D. (Institute of History, Czech Academy of Sciences)
Prof. Michel Margue (University of Luxembourg)
Prof. PhDr. Petr Sommer, CSc., DSc. (Institute of Archaeology, Czech Academy of Sciences; Centre for Medieval Studies, Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Charles University)
doc. Mgr. Sylvie Stanovská, Dr. (Department of German, Scandinavian, and Netherland Studies, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University)
PhDr. Robert Šimůnek, Ph.D., DSc. (Institute of History, Czech Academy of Sciences)
Prof. PhDr. František Šmahel, DrSc. (Centre for Medieval Studies, Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Charles University)
Prof. PhDr. Martin Wihoda, Ph.D. (Institute of History, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University)
Prof. PhDr. Josef Žemlička, DrSc. (Institute of History, Czech Academy of Sciences)

The mission of the scientific council is to support scientific and scholarly collaboration between historians, archivists, archaeologists, philologists, Germanists, and Bohemists in the pursuit of interdisciplinary research on the topic of court scholarship, the main outputs of which are interdisciplinary and international colloquia with subsequent publications. Members of the council are researchers in the fields of history, archaeology, art history, classical philology, German studies, and Czech studies. Appointments to the council are made on approval by the director of the Institute of History.
Meetings of research centre’s collaborators are typically held once a year either in conjunction with or preceding scientific seminars and colloquia.

Research programme 2013–2020

1. Research on the topic of courts and residences in the middles ages

In addition to tracing the structure and composition of individual courts, key areas that have yet to be opened and thoroughly examined include everydayness and the history of mentalities, where particular focus is placed on

  • the question of women and children in court society,
  • collaboration with archaeological research projects to trace the standard of living,
  • research on residential classifications and the spatial arrangement and hierarchy of court society,
  • the meaning and influence of the Church and Christianity,
  • and the use and dissemination of court literature within a historical and literary-historical context.

With this approach, researchers aim to capture and assess the court and chivalric culture of various court centres within the context of the period as well as in terms of the overall significance of the civilizing process in society.
As part of international collaboration, colloquia are attended by foreign scholars who contribute to a deeper understanding and comparison of progress in the study of the behaviour of court society, rulers, the aristocracy, and the Church in the European context.

2. Interdisciplinary colloquia with international participation

Women and Children in Court Society / 20 November 2013
The Standard of Living in Court Society and Archaeological Discoveries / 21 January 2015
The Role of the Church in the Secular Setting of Medieval Courts / 24–25 November 2016
Court Literature – Its Use and Dissemination / 29 January 2019
The Hierarchy of Court Society and the Spatial Implications within Residences / planned for 30 September 2020, postponed until 1 October 2021 due to the covid-19 epidemic