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9 Culture, Politics, and Law in the Lives of Charles of Žerotín the Elder and the Moravian Nobility

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This chapter contains two excerpts from a 2008 monograph by Tomáš Knoz on Charles of Žerotín the Elder, one of the most important Moravian nobles in the early modern period. Žerotín was raised in the faith of the Unity of the Brethren and became one of its major supporters. He studied law, theology, and languages, was proficient in Latin, Italian, French, and German, travelled across Europe, and built up extensive domains in Moravia. One excerpt on Charles's library introduces the rich intellectual cultural life of a noble and the other discusses the legal and political system of Moravia. In the early modern social system, stratified into separate estates, law and politics were inextricably linked. Pre-White Mountain Moravia lacked the highest level in the social hierarchy, which was usually represented by the monarch. The decisive role in society was therefore shifted to a broader group called the privileged classes.

Keywords: Charles of Žerotín; early modern period; Moravian nobles; Tomáš Knoz; White Mountain



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