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Describing the history of the conflict between Boleslaw and Zbigniew, Gallus was obviously demonstrating the guilt of the older son of Wladyslaw Herman. The roughly sketched picture of the brotherly conflict was not disturbed even by the chronicler's remarks about the sin and penance of Boleslaw. Cosmas' account enables one to determine with significantly more precision the messages contained in Gallus' Chronicle. Gallus notes the peculiar connection between the stories of Zbigniew and Soběslav. The incursion into Bohemia, in spite of defeating Vladislav's troops in the battle of Trutina river and taking valuable booty, did not solve Boleslaw's problems. The peace agreement concluded by the fighting brothers after the battle of Poznań is, however, mentioned only in the Magdeburg annals. In the annalist’s account, Władysław’s fall is a natural consequence of the act of perjury he had committed, pledging an oath of fidelity and peace to his brothers in Poznań.

Keywords: battle of Poznań; Boleslaw's penance; Cosmas of Prague; Gallus' Chronicle; Magdeburg annal; oath of fidelity; Soběslav; Vladislav's perjury; Wladyslaw Herman; Zbigniew



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