Physical and personality traits of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia
A medical-anthropological investigation
paperback, 56 pp., 1. edition
translation: Colton, Chris - Bébarová, Ludmila
published: may 2016
recommended price: 120 czk
On the occasion of the 600th anniversary of the death of Charles IV in 1978, Professor Emanuel Vlček, MD, DSc conducted research of the skeletal remains of the Pater Patriae, which brought a number of surprising findings, important to a whole range of scientific disciplines at Charles University, and cast light on significant events in Charles’ life as well as on the cause of his death. The research presents this prominent ruler as a human being, an ordinary mortal, suffering from many injuries and chronic diseases, with which he coped with indefatigable will, keeping in mind his commitments to God and the Kingdom of Bohemia. This pain and suffering may have had an effect on his spirituality and his efforts to find salvation by attempting to realize his concept of the Supreme Being (Imitatio Christi).
Although the results of Professor Vlček’s research have been published repeatedly, this is the first representative publication in English. The forthcoming celebrations of the 700th anniversary of Charles’ birth offer an opportunity to fill this gap.