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The Memoirs of Helene Kottanner (1439-1440) : Library of Medieval Women - Maya Bijvoet Williamson

The Memoirs of Helene Kottanner (1439-1440)

Library of Medieval Women

Paperback Published: 16th April 1998
ISBN: 9780859914628
Number Of Pages: 91

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Helene Kottanner was servant and confidante of the widowed Queen Elizabeth of Hungary (1409-1442). This is her first-person account of the part she played in the theft of the holy crown of St Stephen from the treasury of the royal stronghold Visegrad on 20 February, 1440, when the crown was smuggled out of the stronghold hidden in a pillow. It was immediately rushed on a sled to the queen, who within hours of its arrival at her castle in Komorn was delivered of a baby boy, Ladislaus Posthumous (1440-1457), who was crowned king of Hungary three months later. Helene Kottanner's account is unconsciously revealing about herself and her ambitions, allowing a rare glimpse into the inner world of a late-medieval woman.

Important text [now] accessible to an English-language readership... lucid translation. YEAR'S WORK IN MODERN LANGUAGE STUDIES

ISBN: 9780859914628
ISBN-10: 0859914623
Series: Library of Medieval Women
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 91
Published: 16th April 1998
Publisher: BOYDELL & BREWER INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.16