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Prague display for historic text

A copy of a beautiful and rarely-seen document from the University’s collections is to go on permanent display at the National Archives in Prague.

Detailed view of The Bohemian Protest

The Bohemian Protest was bequeathed to the University in 1658 by William Guild, Principal of King’s College, Aberdeen.

The document is nearly 600 years old and is one of the most influential texts in European medieval history.

The high quality copy was made by the National Archives of the Czech Republic in collaboration with the University and the National Archives of Scotland.

Dr John Scally, Director of the University of Edinburgh's Collections will present the reproduction to the National Museum in Prague on the 25th of June.

The Bohemian Protest

The document, signed by 450 Bohemian and Moravian nobles, was written in Prague in 1415.

It is a letter to the Pope, protesting against the execution of Jan Hus, a leading religious thinker and reformer who was arrested, tried for heresy, and burnt at the stake.

The Bohemian Protest is one of the most important documents of its time - it can be regarded as one of the early foundation documents of the Reformation, and is also a document of national identity for Bohemia and Moravia, now the Czech Republic.

Dr John ScallyDirector, University of Edinburgh's Collections