Domus Bolezlai: Values and Social Identity in Dynastic by Wiszewski

By Wiszewski

All in favour of the formative strength of nationwide identification for the Poles the transmission of values the ebook bargains a travel of an important set of basic resources from the interval 966-1138 looking for the traditions of the Piasts the ruling dynasty of Poland.

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An exception is his “including himself ” into the group handing over the “Gniezno state” to St Peter which is being discussed here. According to the words of St Bruno of Querfurt, Bolesław regarded himself as a “tributary of St Peter”,26 and therefore was adopting a position identical to the individuals mentioned in the document “Dagome Iudex”. It seems that Bolesław’s obligation to tributary status wa due not only to the territory which his father had donated to St Peter, but was connected with the whole of his rule.

35 In this manner it would have been linked with the traditions existing in the Polish court at the turn of the tenth and eleventh centuries. We do not however have any certain evidence of Sobiebor’s presence in the circle of Otto III at the end of the tenth century. We do however have much more information about his brother Radzim Gaudentius, who was associated not only with the emperor but also the monastery on the Aventine. 36 It seems very likely that he could have obtained detailed information from his brother Sobiebor concerning the period when Wojciech was in Poland and then pass this information on to the author of the “Life”.

Maybe therefore the definition of the state of Mieszko by the name of the ruler was general practice resulting from contacts with this neighbour or knowing the characteristics of his rule (see Juliusz Bardach, L’état polonais, p. 12, it seems that of the same opinion is H. Samsonowicz, Dynastia, p. 19). In favour of the idea that this custom could have survived the baptism of Mieszko might also be the fact that the name of Poland and of its people became introduced into the common consciousness of the neighbours of Poland relatively late, only about 1000 AD.

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