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The Piast Gesture—A Sign Of Power

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The ruler who in exercising his rule wishes to appear before his subject people must be easily recognisable, and his acts precisely understood. Since the present work focuses on the Piast dynastic traditions, we need to concentrate on those manners of behaviour of members of the dynasty which were not dictated to them by the current norms of the contemporary society. This problem appears especially in the course of the analysis of the iconographic sources. This chapter begins a brief journey in search of the Piast gestures of rule from the question of their establishment of a privileged relationship with the sacral sphere and the ritual manner of taking on the responsibilities of rule which results from that. Next station in this journey would be the problem of the description through the use of gesture of the character of ducal rule intended for mass consumption and recorded in iconographic sources.

Keywords: ducal rule; dynastic traditions; iconographic sources; Piast



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