Litterae annuae provinciae Bohemiae (1623-1755)
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LITTERAE ANNUAE PROVINCIAE BOHEMIAE (1623-1755)
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The essay outlines the process of emergence and evolution of the Jesuit litterae annuae, i.e. annual reports applied by the Society of Jesus. They represent an important source of knowledge on the order’s activities and forms of its self-presentation. The essay concentrates on the structure of these texts, methods of their writing and their reception. It pays great attention to the distribution of annual reports within the Bohemian jesuit province. The study is based on an analysis of manuscripts preserved in the Czech Republic (NK ČR), the Austrian National Library (ÖNB) and the Rome Archive of the Society of Jesus (ARSI). There is a register which facilitates orientation in the preserved copies.
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