The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola Vol.2, 1689

The books from V to VIII are the second part of The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola, with 836 pages of text, two pages of the remarks and corrigenda, 40 pictures illustrating the text and one appendix.

Book V represents the beginning of the second part of The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola. The author of the text is Erazem Francisci who in the 268 pages and in 16 chapters mostly discusses the most ancient peoples who inhabited Carniola till the arrival of the Franks. The first appendix offers a short description of former towns and settlements. The description is taken from the reports of the writers of the antiquity. Valvasor wrote the second appendix, with a description of inscriptions on stones and old coins. There are 13 pictures in the book.

Book VI has 102 pages with 12 pictures, mostly of national costumes. In 11 chapters Valvasor reports about the language, national costumes and traditions. There are very interesting notes about the two languages of Carniola, the Slavic and the German. German is the language of the upper class and the official gazettes. He calls the Slavic language “the language of our country”, spoken by country people and the uneducated. The book that was a century later praised by Anton Tomaž Linhart, 18th century Slovenian playwright, as the first attempt of literary history of Carniola, presents in the Appendix a chart of The Lord’s Prayer in Latin and in thirteen Slavic languages.

Book VII contains the history of religions on 120 pages. There are 17 chapters, and 8 images, the last one drawn by Valvasor. Religions are presented under the headings Paganism, Christianization, Protestantism, Counter-Reformation.

Generally there is much detail about the schism in Carniola in chapters 7 to 14, demonstrating the extent of Valvasor’s knowledge on this topic. Further on there is also a great deal about contemporary religious customs, superstitions, witchcraft and especially reports about people’s customs and traditions. From the perspective of national history, the book contributes a significant record of the installation of the Dukes of Carinthia.

Book VIII is the last one of the second part, and with 346 pages and 7 illustrations, one of the longer ones. It differs from the previous ones in that it is divided into sections, rather than chapters. Valvasor (Francisci helped him with the explanation about the schism) deals with the state councillors, patriarchs, bishops, monastic orders, history of the dioceses and the parishes in alphabetical order. As with the previous books Valvasor drew most of the information from early writers and from archival material (documents). The importance of the book is in that it gives statistical information from the Parish Registers (baptisms and deaths).