Review

Dalibor Havel, Počátky latinské písemné kultury v českých zemích. Nejstarší latinské rukopisy a zlomky [The Beginnings of Latin Written Culture in the Bohemian Lands. The Oldest Latin Manuscripts and Manuscript Fragments in Opera facultatis philosoph-icae Universit, 479), Brno: Muni Press 2018, 534 pp. ISBN 9788021089181.

Reviewed by Evina Steinova, Huygens ING, Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Fragmentology II (2019), 191–195, DOI: 10.24446/fdlb

The editorial to the first issue of Fragmentology (2018) empha-sized that fragments are often the most important kind of man-uscript evidence for the study of the beginning of (Latin) written culture in specific regions. It gave examples from Scandinavia and Hungary, but the observation is equally true for regions that now be-long to the Czech Republic Bohemia and Moravia. The beginnings of written culture in this region (which, it should be stressed, was not only Latin but also Slavic) are connected with the Christianization in the ninth century, although we possess few fully preserved manu-scripts of Bohemian and Moravian origin from before the thirteenth century. In this regard, Havel’s catalogue and analytical study of the earliest Latin fragments of Bohemian and Moravian provenance are essential in unearthing the beginnings of Latin written culture in the Czech lands. It is a welcomed enterprise that will surely benefit scholars and enrich the discipline of fragmentology.

Havel’s monograph consists of two distinct works that can be used separately. The part perhaps most interesting to those not specifically concerned with the history of the written culture and intellectual life in the Czech lands is the catalogue of the earliest