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After Gallus Anonymous ...The Traditions Of Bolesław And The Lives Of Bishop Otto Of Bamberg

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The recording of the family tradition of the Piasts by Gallus Anonymous closed a certain stage in its functioning, but did not signify the end of its development. Unfortunately we have almost no contemporary evidence of this process. Ebo of the Bamberg monastery on the Michelsberg describing Bishop Otto's arrival in Gniezno and the greeting he was given by the Polish ruler presented a brief characterisation of the latter with reference to his earlier deeds. The characteristics of Boleslaw in the &t;Dialogue&t; can be summarised with the aid of two words used to describe him there, he is labelled a &t;brave and wise man&t;. The differentiation of both the Ruthenian and Pomeranian themes and the unequivocal connection of the first with the history of the Pomeranian mission leads us to consider the manner in which these stories could have functioned outside the pages of Herbord's &t;Dialogue&t;.

Keywords: Bamberg; Bishop Otto; Boleslaw; Ebo; Gallus Anonymous; Gniezno; Piasts; Pomeranian; Ruthenian



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