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Submission And Reconciliation

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This chapter concentrates on the expectations formulated by the chronicler toward Zbigniew's behaviour after Zbigniew's return to Poland. It reflects upon the role played in the chronicler's description of the conflict between Boleslaw and Zbigniew by the ritual of deditio - a ritual through which, consistently with the chronicler's convictions, a reconciliation between the two conflicted brothers ought to have achieved its ceremonial closure. The fact that in the political reality of the earlier-medieval Poland the rite of advent was thought to be one of the most important forms of ceremonial manifestation of the Piast dukes' monarchic majesty ensured that the readers of the Chronicle would understand the meanings it carried and thus enabled Gallus to use it to construct his narrative. In Kadlubek's rendition, the rite of submission and reconciliation was also used to resolve the conflict between Boleslaw Wrymouth and Zbigniew in 1106.

Keywords: Boleslaw Wrymouth; ceremony of deditio; chronicler; Gallus; medieval Poland; Piast duke; reconciliation; Zbigniew's submission



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