|Gloria Et Miseria
1618 - 1648
Prague during the Thirty Years War
Jaroslava Hausenblasová – Michal Šroněk
(CZ / EN / GE)
was the 380th anniversary of the beginning of the first all-European
conflict, in which the Czech lands and their capital city Prague played a
significant role. In 1618 the Czech Estates Revolt (the second Prague
Defenestration) broke out in Prague, an event with consequences of
European proportions. The last significant military operation of the war
also took place here: the taking of Prague Castle and the Lesser Town by
Swedish troops, and the siege of the Old and New towns in 1648. The
authors do not examine the phenomenon of the Thirty Years War solely from
the perspective of military history, however, but concern themselves
equally with the cultural and spiritual life of the period. They
illuminate episodes of war by contrasting them with peaceful times,
everyday life and outstanding events. The text is accompanied by
photographs of artefacts documenting the standard of living of those days,
from perfume bottles to funeral escutcheons of Prague guilds; from
children´s toys to university theses and proto-newspaper chapbooks.
book won third prize in the Most Beautiful Book of the Year competition
The composition, execution and visual accompaniment of the text deserve recognition. For the first time we can fit a face and outline to what was possibly our country's most tragic pe-riod, for which the authors have succeeded in finding much previously unknown material.
Ivo Kořán / Týden
The historians have focused their interest on the one city which may only for a short time ha-ve played an important role in world politics, but which has throughout been the scene of dramatic events expressing the discordant spirit of the age. The aim of the text is not to pile up an exhaustive pile of facts and their detailed analysis, but vividly to capture the essential fea-tures of the complicated situation of the time. Of equal value is the unusually abundant visual accompaniment to the text.
Viktor Šlajchrt / Respekt
… this book is the most complete work on the period in question, a synthesis combining his-torical and art-historical viewpoints.
Pavel Vlček / Ateliér