Ostrava historians, archaeologists, preservationists and archivists have decided to contribute to the celebrations of the 750th anniversary of the first written mention of Ostrava by two publications intended for the professional as well as lay public. The first one called OSTRAVA Beginnings and Development of the Medieval City is already on sale in the branches of the Ostrava Information Service, the second one will be finished by autumn.
The book OSTRAVA Beginnings and Development of the Medieval City deals with a period when Ostrava was, to somebody perhaps surprisingly, a significant place. Evidence of its importance in the 13th and 14th century is provided not only by its mention in the list of territorial gains in Bishop Bruno’s will from 1267, which contains the first written mention of Ostrava and is associated with the date of founding of the city, but also in other documents of that time, for example in only a few years younger chronicle Dark Years after the Death of Ottokar II. The chronicle speaks about messengers of the future Bishop of Prague coming to Bishop Bruno, who accepts them in Ostrava where he currently resides. A huge impetus for the development of the economy and crafts was the granting of market right in 1362 by King Charles IV and the related document on the construction of city walls. The book contains all these texts plus transcripts of other interesting documents, together with their Czech translations and diverse illustrations.
In addition to these texts, the book contains chapters dedicated to St. Wenceslaus Church, city walls, the historical context of the period, archaeological research and finds from the city centre and Landek Hill, the medieval architecture of Ostrava and many other related topics, everything again richly illustrated.
The publication Beginnings and Development of the Medieval City has been prepared by a team of experts in history and archaeology led by responsible editor and director of the Ostrava City Archives Blažena Przybylová as a comprehensive and complex work on a period that the ordinary citizens do not know much about. Nevertheless, this period remains very important for Ostrava, not only because we associate it with the time of Ostrava’s origin, but mostly because by then, Ostrava was a thriving and significant city.
The book was published in a limited edition. For those interested, it is available in all branches of the Ostrava Information Service for 450 Czech Crowns. It includes a summary in a foreign language.