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The Shadow Of The Great Bolesław. The "Chronicle" Of Gallus Anonymous On The Descendants Of Piast

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In the analysis of the &t;Chronicle&t; of Gallus Anonymous, this chapter attempts to focus above all on reaching the group of values which are being transmitted by the picture of the past of the ruling dynasty; the picture which the creator of the &t;Chronicle&t; could suggest to its readers and transmit to them by its means. Traditionally it is accepted that the basic aim of writing the &t;Chronicle&t; was to serve the glorification of the duke reigning at the time, Boleslaw III Wrymouth. More than half a century ago, Gerard Labuda regarded it as possible that in the creation of his &t;Chronicle&t;, Gallus based part of it on records from the oldest annals of the Cracow chapter (The so-called &t;Court-Chapter Annals&t;). The chronicler introduces all three elements in the first pages of his story of the history of the Piasts and Poland.

Keywords: Boleslaw III Wrymouth; Chronicle; Gallus Anonymous; Gerard Labuda; Piast

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