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23 November 2022

Diplomacy and the karczma/taberna: The role of Cracovian public houses in the diplomatic practice of the Jagiellonians (1430–1540)

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Diplomacy and the karczma/taberna: The role of Cracovian public houses in the diplomatic practice of the Jagiellonians (1430–1540)

Public houses — inns, taverns, and alehouses — during the Jagiellonian Dynasty (1385—1572) in Cracow functioned as important establishments in the diplomatic services of kings, city officials, and the nobility. Not only did these locales offer drink, food, and accommodations to emissaries for their travels and work, but they provided much more. For the diplomats, the inns, taverns, and alehouses were sites to learn the latest news, gossip, and public opinion. They provided a place to fraternize and they were also trusted locations for sensitive diplomatic negotiations. Public houses likewise served as “post offices” where envoys could receive their letters. Although scholars have studied these establishments, the diplomacy, and urban history throughout Europe in various ep-ochs, they have neglected to analyze the role of the Cracovian public houses in diplomatic services in the Jagiellonian era. This article provides a comprehensive examination of sources, including royal and municipal accounting and personal correspondence, to reveal the role of public houses in the diplomatic practices of the Jagiellonian dynasty.

Source: Dobek P.(2020). Diplomacy and the karczma/taberna: The role of Cracovian public houses in the diplomatic practice of the Jagiellonians (1430–1540). History Notebooks. Is. 147 (1): 1-11

Source web-site: https://www.ejournals.eu/Prace-Historyczne/2020/Numer-1/art/17154/

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