By John M. Klassen, Eva Dolezalová, Lynn Szabo
The letters of the Rozmberk sisters, Perchta and Anézka, provide a shiny perception into how medieval ladies considered themselves. Perchta's letters tell her father that his selection of a husband for her has triggered her determined disappointment and sorrow during which loss of life turns out a greater replacement. regardless of her disappointment and her nearly overall dependence on others, even though, Perchta undertook to take keep watch over of her personal destiny and to enhance the conditions of her lifestyles. Her letters have been the ability wherein she educated her father and brothers of her distress and persuaded them to do so, and within the technique they let us know approximately her expectancies of admire and companionship in marriage. The letters of either sisters convey them to be ladies with a full of life experience in their personal dignity and supply insights into the hopes and disappointments, joys and vexations of fifteenth-century ladies. The letters additionally introduce theenvironment and the actions of day-by-day fort existence, and provide an intimate photograph of kin lifestyles within the 15th century.JOHN M. KLASSEN is Professor of heritage at Trinity Western college, Canada. He was once assisted within the translations through EVA DOLEZALOVA, ancient Institue, Prague, and LYNN SZABO, Trinity Western collage.
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Perchta of Rožmberk, writing to her brother Henry, confirms that he has taken action on her behalf and that a high Austrian official is also involved. She fears her brother’s censure for writing and indicates that her life is in danger. She wants to go to her dowry castle. 12 November 1450 Vienna Czech AČ no. 19 Let this be given to the noble lord, Lord Henry, my dear brother. I send you my prayers, noble lord and my dear brother! I will be glad to hear that you are all doing well. My dear lord, I am informing you of these things, about which you spoke to my lord [husband]; please understand that things are going very badly for me; since then I have borne much grief, and heard some evil words from him.
25. It is not clear to what she is referring. The reference to the ‘well-fried mouse’ may be a request that her brother treat the fool kindly. fm Page 33 Friday, November 24, 2000 1:26 PM The Letters of the Rožmberk Sisters 33 4. Šiermarka and Machna Koník, two ladies in Perchta’s retinue who have accompanied her from Český Krumlov. They express their close feelings for her brother, John of Rožmberk. Machna has been gone from the Rožmberks, for about two months and poignantly laments her separation from her son.
What shall I do about this? I was greatly saddened by the conversation; because I am utterly weighed down by how badly things are going for me. And so, dear brother, I bid farewell. Deal with this as seems fitting. With this I commend you to dear God. [Given] in Mikulov. Perchta of Rožmberk. Postscript Dear brother! Examine carefully the document in which my dowry was drawn up, because they say to me here that the document which was made is not valid, that if the Lord God should not preserve my lord [husband], William, his brother, would be able to litigate everything away from me.