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Tradition: Foundations And Memory

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Since tradition is expressed through the continuity and repetition of certain behaviours and communication, ecclesiastical foundations which were intended to ensure the eternal intervention by clergymen with God on behalf of the living and dead members of the dynasty can be treated as the means of maintaining the traditions of the clan which is closest to the sacrum. As in the case of the foundations created for the diocesan clergy, the support of the rulers for monks underwent change in the period after the collapse of the state of the first Piasts. There is no doubt that the first Piasts were not only involved to a great degree in the founding of new ecclesiastical institutions, but also in an ostentatious manner supported those already in existence. The Benedictine abbey at Brauweiler was closely related to the Piasts through Rycheza, the wife of Mieszko II from the Ezzonid family.

Keywords: Benedictine abbey; Brauweiler; ecclesiastical foundations; Ezzonid family; Mieszko II; Piasts; Rycheza

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