The Theme of the Project
The inspiration for this Dark Star Quest project comes from an ancient quest made by the delegation of the Czech king Jiří of Poděbrady. The quest had important political and diplomatic purposes, and we could also understand it as attempt to create a united European community.
The quest, which started on the 26th November 1465, was led by Lev of Rožmitál and Blatná, the brother-in-law of Jiří of Poděbrady. The forty-member delegation included knights, aristocrats, soldiers, squires, cooks and so on. The record and description of this quest was probably written by a southern bohemian yeoman Václav Šašek of Bířkov, a member of Lev's delegation. This written record has not survived in its original czech form, but there is a latin version in existence. It was published by an intellectual and high clerical notable, later to become Bishop of Olomouc, Stanislav Pavlovský of Pavlovice. This travel journal is known as „The Diary of a Journey: The Pilgrimage of Lev of Rožmitál and Blatná from Bohemia to the End of the Earth“ (Original copy in National Museum in Prague). A better known adaptation of this travel journal is „From Bohemia to the End of The Earth“, written by Alois Jirásek. This author based his work on the earlier records of the quest.
The title of this second book is also included in the name of our present-day.
Another record about this historical quest was written by another member of this quest, Gabriel Tetzel of Grafenberg and Nurnberg, a prominent Nurnberg citizen and businessman. This account (written 1469-1500) was probably not written byhim personally, but by his cousin, Gabriel Muffel, who was also a member of Lev's delegation. This travel journal is known as „The Travel Journals of Lev of Rožmitál and Blatná 1465-1467“ (The handwritten original is in the Bavarian National Library in Munich).
All these aforementioned works, and also the work of Rudolf Urbánek and colleagues, became the inspiration for the creation and realization of the present project, The Dark Star Quest.
Jan Hanzal - The Author of the Project - member of Association of Czech Cinematographers