Thomas Riis

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Das Tagebuch des habsburgerischen Diplomaten und Landsknechtführers Erich Lassota von Steblau (1573 - 1594)

The Austrian diplomat Erich Lassota von Steblau (died 1616) left a comprehensive manuscript in the form of a diary. His notes describe his educational journey to Italy 1573-1576, his participation in the Spanish conquest of Portugal as a recruited officer 1579-1584 and three diplomatic missions under the direction of the Habsburgs. The first took him to Poland (1585-1589), the second to Russia and Swedish captivity (1590-1593) and the last to the Zaporozoic Cossacks in the Ukraine (1594).
Lasota’s diary contains descriptions of his travels, situations and surroundings, which provide important insights into the reality of a diplomat, mercenary and spy at the time for cultural and historical research.
The version of the diary published by Reinhold Schottin as early as 1866 was compared with the original manuscript for the present edition and corrected in places. Furthermore, a text-critical apparatus and comprehensive commentaries have been added to the new edition.


First Edition, Hardcover, ca. 500 pages.

Language: German
ISBN: 978-3-943025-60-6
74.00 €

Available by December 2020. Preorders will be processed as soon as the title arrives.

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Emperor Rudolf II / Archduke Maximilian of Austria / Philip II of Spain / Portugal / Poland / Hungary / Ukraine / Sweden / Russia / Silesian nobility / War diary / Diplomat / Mercenary / Spy / Report / 16th century / Habsburg / Zaporoger Cossacks

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Thomas Riis was born in Copenhagen in 1941 and completed his studies of history there in 1977 with a habilitation. From 1977 to 1980 he taught at the European University Institute in Florence, from 1981 to 1984 as a Carlsberg Research Fellow at the University of St. Andrews and from 1994 to 2008 as Professor of the History of Schleswig-Holstein at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel. Riis was also co-editor of the Diplomatarium Danicum from 1985 to 1993. His research focuses on economic and social history, urban history and the history of poverty.


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