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SOME NEW REMARKS ON THE HUNGARIAN-POLISH CHRONICLE

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In my paper I try to analyze the Polish elements of the Hungarian- Polish Chronicle, a narrative from the turn of 1220s and 1230s, which was preserved only in a few Polish manuscripts. After a short presentation of research on the topic of the Chronicle’s origins, I analyze some motifs which could have Polish rather than Hungarian roots. The title of the Chronicle in the oldest manuscript demonstrates that this narrative is a mixture of St Stephen’s Legend (composed by Hartvich) and two chronicles: a Hungarian and a Polish one. The Cronica polonorum was probably a written source, containing the basic facts from the history of the Polish–Hungarian contacts. It could contain the story of Adelaide, the wife of a Hungarian ruler and mother of a canonized king. It may further have included the story of the meeting of the Polish and Hungarian rulers, and the description of the common border. The interventions of Bolesław II the Bold in Hungary and his relations with his Hungarian relatives were probably also described. Chronologically the text reflects the events of the second half of the eleventh century. The oral tradition of the Polish principal court in Cracow was its basis.

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