Peter of Zittau
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Peter of Zittau

Peter of Zittau (Czech: Petr ?itavský; c. 1275-1339) was a Bohemian churchman and historian. Born in Zittau, he entered the Cistercian monastery of Aula Regia (Zbraslav), founded by Wenceslaus II in 1292, and became the monastery's official historian.[1] He is the primary author of the Chronicon Aulae Regiae. Esteemed by his colleagues, in 1316 Peter was elected the second abbot of Aula Regia.[1][2] In this capacity he took part in the election of King John and staunchly opposed Henry of Carinthia.[1] He later grew disenchanted with John, but wrote a lengthy lament for the passing of his wife, Elizabeth, the "true heiress of Bohemia" (vera heres Boemiae), in 1330.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Péporté 2011, p. 178.
  2. ^ Honemann 2001, p. 232.
  3. ^ Péporté 2011, p. 179.


  • Bjork, Robert E., ed. (2010). "Peter of Zittau (c.1275-1339)". The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Honemann, Volker (2001). "Peter (Petrus) von Zittau". Neue Deutsche Biographie. 20. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot. pp. 232-33.
  • Innocenti, Marco (2002). "Peter von Zittau". Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon. 20. Nordhausen: Traugott Bautz. pp. 1168-74.
  • Loserth, Johann (1887). "Peter von Zittau". Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie. 25. Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot. pp. 476-78.
  • Péporté, Pit (2011). Constructing the Middle Ages: Historiography, Collective Memory and Nation-Building in Luxembourg. Leiden: Brill.

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