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Towns In The Kingdom Of Poland

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The emergence of the medieval town in Poland has generated much debate in historiography. After World War II, archaeological excavations indicated pre-urban settlements at Gniezno, Szczecin, Wolin, Gdańsk, Poznań, Wrocław, Opole, Kraków, Sandomierz, Płock and several other sites, existing ever since the 8th-9th centuries, before the medieval Polish state. The conversion integrated Poland in the Latin world, an ever-expanding political, religious and economic structure. This is also how churches, places of worship, but also symbols of the new culture gaining ground among the Polish appeared. In Great Poland, as much as 90 privilege charters were granted for towns in the 14th century, 150 in the next century, and, in Mazovia, 40 and 80 towns received charters, respectively. In Poland, liberties were obtained against a backdrop of economic growth which the entire continent enjoyed in the 13th century.

Keywords: Gdańsk; Latin world; medieval town in Poland; Wrocław



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