Reports, memoranda, and other documents, relating to Czechoslovak secret police and intelligence activities, and to dissidents in Czechoslovakia. Includes some documents from other Czechoslovak government agencies.
Marlborough, England : Adam Matthew Digital, 
Archive/Manuscript — 5 items : ill., maps.
1. The dawn of modern geography. Vol. III / C. Raymond Beazley. Oxford : Clarendon Press,
2. Kronika Jana z Marignoly / Josef Emler. In: Fontes rerum Bohemicarum,
v. 3 (1882), p. 487-604
3. Studies on the Vineland voyages / by Gustav Storm. Copenhagen : Thiele,
4. Cathay and the way thither. Vol. II / Henry Yule. New ed., rev. ... by Henri Cordier. London : Hakluyt Society,
5. Historia mongolorum. In: Itinera et relationes Fratrum Minorum saeculi XIII et XIV. Florence,
1929 (Sinica Franciscana ; v. 1)
Giovanni de Marignolli came from a noble family in Florence. He was appointed as one of four papal envoys at Avignon in 1338 by Pope Benedict XII as a response to the letters of embassy from the Mongol-Chinese emperor. The name of John of Florence, i.e. Marignolli, appears on the letters of commission. A large party of 50 men left Avignon in December 1338, headed by the four chief envoys. Their journey took them via Naples and Constantinople, across the Black Sea to Caffa and then on to the court of Mahommed Uzbeg, Great Khan of the Golden Horde, at Sarai on the Volga. He entertained them during the winter of 1339-1340 and then sent them across the steppes to Armalec, the northern seat of the house of Chaghatai, in what is now the province of Ili. There they built a church in 1341, before travelling to Peking, which they reached in May or June 1342. They were received by the reigning khan, the last of the Mongol dynasty in China. The mission still numbered 32 out of the original 50 men. Marignolli stayed at Peking three or four years, after which he travelled through eastern China to Zayton (Amoy Harbour), finally leaving China in December 1347. He reached Columbum (in Malabar) in Easter week of 1348. Here he found the church which probably had been founded by Jordanus of Severac, appointed bishop of Columbum by Pope John XXII in 1330. Marignolli stayed for 16 months before commencing his return to Europe by way of Java, India, Ceylon, Ormuz, Babel, Baghdad, Mosul, Aleppo, Damascus and Jerusalem. In 1353 he arrived at Avignon and delivered a letter from the Great Khan to Pope Innocent VI. In the following year the emperor Charles IV, on a visit to Italy, made Marignolli one of his chaplains. He appears to have accompanied the Emperor to Prague in 1354-1355. In 1356 he was an envoy to the Pope from Florence and in 1357 he was at Bologna. The Pope appointed him as Bishop of Bisignano in 1359. The details of Marignolli's eastern travels are rather fragmentary in nature, but include a number of vivid descriptions of his journey.
Case files, reports, and diaries and interrogation transcripts of Czech senior secret police personnel, relating to secret service activities in Czechoslovakia. Includes a summary of the secret police file on Václav Havel.
Selected minutes, reports, memoranda, and letters, of the central committee of the Czechoslovak communist party and the Czechoslovak ministry of the interior, relating to political persecutions in Czechoslovakia, trials and imprisonment for political offenses, forced labor camps, confiscation of church property, and secret police activities.
Sound recordings of proceedings, and printed copies of preparatory briefing materials for conference participants, relating to political events in Czechoslovakia from 1987 to 1989, culminating in the fall of the communist regime.