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The Embodiment Of Tradition? Bolesław III Wrymouth In The "Chronicle" Of Gallus Anonymous

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The inclusion in the discussions of elements of history, which were almost contemporary with the writing of the Chronicle of Gallus Anonymous, can be regarded as falling within the accepted methodological framework. Gallus Anonymous utilised anecdotes concerning Boleslaw III Wrymouth which had been circulating and made them available for repetition. The chronicler writing of conflicts within the dynasty itself found himself presenting the Piasts as the object, rather than the subject of the early phases of the dispute. The Piasts had caught up with Sieciech with the intent of driving him out of the country. The story of the conflict, which because of Sieciech, broke out between Boleslaw, Zbigniew and their father suddenly breaks off. Gallus limits the degree to which he refers to the emotions guiding the actions of the people he writes about.

Keywords: Boleslaw III Wrymouth; Gallus Anonymous; Piasts; Sieciech; Zbigniew



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