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Appearance Of The Piast State Within Eyeshot Of The Elites In The Liudolfings’ Empire

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This chapter attempts to identify the most characteristic traits in the description of the negative image of a Slav, presented both in Frankish sources and those slightly later ones, which can be named German. The author observes how the elites of the emerging Piast state, which assumed growing importance after the mid 10th century, tried to break unpleasant associations that were attached to them and their people in order to be able to effectively cooperate with an important, in their view, political partner-the Ottonian empire. The author investigates the life of the first historic duke of Poland, Mieszko, who in the oldest German sources was called the ruler of some unknown 'barbarians', only to deserve later, towards the end of his life, to be provided with the respectful title of 'a European duke'.

Keywords: Frankish sources; German; Mieszko; Ottonian empire; Piast state; Poland; Slav



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