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Kritičko izdanje i prijevod memoara Helene Kottanner: prilog istraživanju ženskog pisanja u srednjem vijeku


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Katanec, Sara. (2018). Kritičko izdanje i prijevod memoara Helene Kottanner: prilog istraživanju ženskog pisanja u srednjem vijeku. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of History. [mentor Budak, Neven].

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This thesis offers an insight into the memoirs of Helene Kottanner, a Sopron-born noblewoman of lower rank, who was in the service of queen Elisabeth of Luxembourg (1409- 1442). The thesis tends to show that Helene was more than a lady-in-waiting and that she played a key role in obtaining the Holy Crown of St. Stephen, but less than the queen's political confidant, as some historians tend do see her. The abduction of the Holy Crown in February 1440, the following birth of Ladislaus the Posthumous, and the coronation of the child-king are discussed in detail, parallelled with passages from contemporary chroniclers showing the events from a male perspective. The eyewitness report of Helene Kottanner offers valuable details of the 15th century courtly life, especially focusing on the ladies-inwaiting, with whom Helene spent most of her days. The memoirs were most likely written around 1450 for the now grown king Ladislaus, to remind him of the services Helene provided for his late mother and in extention to Ladislaus himself, in expectation of some kind of reimbursement. Together with the critical edition, the thesis is equipped with the first translation of the memoirs of Helene Kottanner into Croatian and will hopefully serve as a contribution to the ever-growing scholarship on queenship and female authorship in the Middle Ages.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Subjects: History
Departments: Department of History
Supervisor: Budak, Neven
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2018 11:00
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2018 11:00

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