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The Golden Bull
Price: € 98,00   Standing order price: € 85,00
Date: 2002     ISBN: 978-3-201-01791-6

Around 1400, Prague.
Graz 2002, 160 pages reproductions,
126 pages commentary by A. Wolf, 14,5 x 19,5 cm.

The Viennese Codex 338 is a copy of the ”Golden Bull” made in 1400, with illumination of superior quality. It is therefore considered to be the most beautiful version of all manuscripts of this text that have survived to this day.
From an artistic point of view, the luxurious manuscript belongs to the tradition of Bohemian book painting. Its 48 miniatures and countless coloured initials enchant the beholder even today. The uniformity of the written script as well as the text layout contribute to the outstanding beauty of the manuscript and, together with the miniatures and initials, form a harmonious ensemble.
The manuscript is a document of prime importance also on a political and historical level, due to the finishing touch stating that it was made in the year 1400 on the initiative of the Roman and Bohemian King Wenceslas. The solemn copy was meant to legitimate Wenceslas’ claim to the office of Roman king which had just been withdrawn from him, and also the most eminent document in the negotiations with the Pope regarding the coronation of the German emperor in Rome.

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