Written round 1112-1116, The Deeds of the Princes of the Poles is the oldest narrative resource from Poland previously attributed to 'Gallus, ' a French monk. The nameless writer tells the traditional historical past of Poland all the way down to the reign of Boleslaw sick.
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94 II:20, p. 157. 95 Most notably personalities and motives seem to be handled inconsistently (at least by modern standards). ” Again, though he casts Zbigniew as his brother Bolesław’s evil, or at best misguided counterpart, the author dismisses his alleged plans to murder his brother as not compatible with the personality of “a quite humble and quite simple man” (II:21, p. 157; III:25, p. 273). xlviii INTRODUCTION of the history of Poland before the early twelfth century. Despite the tendentious nature of the narrative it contains much about the history of the country that we know from no other source – though this very fact casts doubts on the reliability of the information, which we usually have no means to verify.
Xxxii INTRODUCTION The environment in which the author moved while working on the GpP can only be surmised. 43 Several passages in the GpP suggest that the author was connected in some way with the Awda¥cy kindred. Chancellor Michael was a member of that family, as was the palatine Skarbimir, one of the very few magnates singled out by name for praise. , p. 3, n. , p. 211. On the royal chapel and its probable role in the spread of literacy in medieval Poland, see Gerard Labuda, “Miejsce powstania kroniki Anonima Galla” [The places of origin of the chronicle of Gallus Anonymus], in Prace z dziejów Polski feudalnej ofiarowane Romanowi Grodeckiemu w 70 rocznic¤ urodzin, ed.
Adalbert, written perhaps by Bruno of Querfurt; see Reinhard Wenskus, Studien zur historisch-politischen Gedankenwelt Brunos von Querfurt, Mitteldeutsche Forschungen, 5 (Munich and Cologne: Böhlau, 1956), pp. 202–46. 86 I:8, p. 47. See now R. Barnat, “Siły zbrojne Bolesława Chrobrego w ¦wietle relacji Galla Anonima” [The forces of Bolesław the Brave in the light of the account of Gallus Anonymous], Przegl£d Historyczny 88 (1997): 223–35, with bibliography. The presence in the list of the stronghold of Giecz, a castle of no significance after its destruction by the Czechs in 1038, suggests the knowledge derives from some no longer identifiable early eleventh-century written source; see Teresa Krysztofiak, “Giecz,” in Europas Mitte, 1:464–7, cf.
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