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3 For the Common Good: The Bohemian Land Law

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Ondřej composed his law book in turbulent times. After roughly thirty years of Václav IV's reign as king of Bohemia, a number of Czech nobles banded together and took Václav captive, eventually forcing him to concede to them a greater role in the governance of the Bohemian lands. The revolts of some of the Czech nobility against King Václav IV in the 1390s have tended to be portrayed as an episode in which the estates increased their power at the expense of the king. In many regards, the nobles succeeded in increasing their authority at the expense of the king in the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries. Some nobles gained the ability to influence directly the government of the Bohemian lands, especially if they acquired positions in government during conflicts with the king.

Keywords: Bohemia; Czech nobles; Ondřej; Václav IV's reign



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