The Chronica Polonorum by Bishop Vincentius of Cracow. Preliminary remarks about its historical context, violence and its use

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von Güttner-Sporzyński, Darius. (2021). The Chronica Polonorum by Bishop Vincentius of Cracow. Preliminary remarks about its historical context, violence and its use. Questiones Medii Aevi Novae. 26, pp. 79-90.
Authorsvon Güttner-Sporzyński, Darius
Abstract

A masterpiece of medieval scholarship, the Chronica Polonorum written by Bishop Vincentius of Cracow (c. 1150-1223) traced the history of the Poles from time immemorial to the lifetime of its author. It is the second oldest Polish narrative source and as such it established an authoritative dynastically sponsored history of the Piast realm. Its author, a learned yet unassuming cleric achieved the goal which he proclaims in the Prologue to this work; his construct of the Polish history influenced the way history of the Poles was written ever since. In his exposition of the history of the Poles, Vincentius places a specific emphasis on violence: its use, its purpose and its justification. This article presents the historical context to the commissioning of the Chronicle and aims to explore various use of violence ultimately serving to construct Casimir the Just's claim to the throne.

KeywordsChronica Polonorum; violence; Poland; Bishop Vincentius of Cracow; Piast dynasty
Year2021
JournalQuestiones Medii Aevi Novae
Journal citation26, pp. 79-90
PublisherCenter of Historical Research Foundation
ISSN1427-4418
Web address (URL)https://www.ceeol.com/search/article-detail?id=1007129
Page range79-90
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