Gesta principum Polonorum

Gesta principum Polonorum: The Deeds of the Princes of the Poles

PAUL W. KNOLL
FRANK SCHAER
With a preface by THOMAS N. BISSON
JÁNOS M. BAK
URSZULA BORKOWSKA
GILES CONSTABLE
GERHARD JARITZ
GÁBOR KLANICZAY
Volume: 3
Copyright Date: 2003
Edition: NED - New edition, 1
Pages: 384
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7829/j.ctt2jbmmk
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    Gesta principum Polonorum
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    Written around 1112-1116, The Deeds of the Princes of the Poles is the oldest narrative source from Poland, formerly attributed to 'Gallus,' a French monk. The anonymous author tells the ancient history of Poland down to the reign of Boleslaw III. The chronicle contains valuable information on Poland's relations to her neighbors as well as the political ideas of his time.

    eISBN: 978-615-5211-41-6
    Subjects: History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. GENERAL EDITORS’ PREFACE
    (pp. vii-viii)
    J. M. B., U. B., G. C., G. J. and G. K.
  4. PREFACE
    (pp. ix-x)
    Thomas N. Bisson
  5. ABBREVIATIONS
    (pp. xi-xv)
  6. LIST OF FIGURES, MAP, AND GENEALOGICAL TABLE
    (pp. xvii-xvii)
  7. EDITORS’ INTRODUCTION
    (pp. xix-lxvii)
    P. W. K. and F. S.

    The anonymous work we have chosen to title Gesta principum Polonorum/The Deeds of the Princes of the Poles (henceforth: GpP) has been studied by scholars for some two centuries, yet many issues regarding it are still subject to debate. These include the person of the author and his context, the precise date of the work’s composition, the author’s motives in writing, his sources of information (written or oral), his reception of heroic and mythical traditions, and his choice of style and discourse. In what follows we seek to summarize the prevailing hypotheses and present the scholarly consensus, if such exists,...

  8. GESTA PRINCIPUM POLONORUM
    • LIBER PRIMUS
      (pp. 2-109)

      Domino M(artino)³ Dei gratia summo pontifici, simulque Symoni, Pavlo, Mauro, Syroslao, Deo dignis ac venerandis pontificibus Polonie regionis,⁴ nec non etiam cooperatori⁵ suo venerabili cancellario Michaeli, ceptique laboris opifici, subsequentis scriptor opusculi, supra montem Syon Domini sanctum⁶ gregem commissum vigilanti studio speculari, ac de virtute in virtutem gradiendo Deum Deorum facie ad faciem⁷ contemplari. Ni vestra auctoritate suffultus, patres pretitulati, vestraque opitulatione fretus fierem, meis viribus in vanum tanti ponderis onus subirem et cum fragili lembo periculose tantam equoris inmensitatem introirem. Sed securus nauta poterit in navicula residens per undas sevientis freti navigare, qui nauclerum habet peritum, qui scit eam...

    • LIBER SECUNDUS
      (pp. 110-209)

      Domino Paulo, Dei gratia Poloniensi reverende discretionis episcopo, suoque cooperatori¹ imitandea religionis Michaeli cancellario, modici dispensator obsonii² paterne venerationis ac debite servitutis obsequium. Meditanti mihi de plurimis iniecit se vestre recordatio largissime karitatis, vestraque fama longe lateque diffusa vobis collate divinitus sapientie ac humanitus probitatis. Sed quia plerumque capax mentis intentio concipit que tarda loquendi facultas non exprimit, bone voluntatis intencio sufficiat pro loquela.

      Nam cum facit quis quod potest, tunc iniuste fit querela.

      Verum tamen ne tantorum virorum gloriam, tamque religiosorum memoriam prelatorum silencio preterire videamur, eorum laudibus insistendo quasi guttam de fonticulo comportare Tyberinis gurgitibus innitamur.³ Licet enim...

    • LIBER TERCIUS
      (pp. 210-287)

      Capellanis ducalibus venerandis aliisque bonis clericis per Poloniam memorandis, presentis auctor opusculi sic bona temporalia preterire, ut liceat expedite de caducis ad permanentia transilire. Primum omnium vos scire volo fratres karissimi, quia tantum opus non ideo cepi, ut per hoc fimbrias mee pusillanimitatis dilatarem,¹ nec ut patriam vel parentes meos exul apud vos et peregrinus² exaltarem, sed ut aliquem fructum mei laboris ad locum mee professionis reportarem.³ Item aliud vestre discretioni manifesto, quia non, ut me quasi ceteris preferendo, vel quasi facundiorem in sermone referendo, hunc laborem suscepi; sed ut otium evitarem et dictandi consuetudinem conservarem et ne frustra panem...

  9. SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
    (pp. 289-307)
  10. INDEX OF PROPER NAMES
    (pp. 309-312)
  11. INDEX OF GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES
    (pp. 313-315)
  12. INDEX OF NAMES OF PEOPLES
    (pp. 317-318)
  13. Back Matter
    (pp. 319-319)