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

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

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

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

Synopsis

Written around 1112-1116, this book is the oldest narrative source from Poland. Gallus tells the ancient history of Poland and the Chronicle contains information on Poland's relations to her neighbours, as well as the political ideas of his time.

Excerpt

While interest in the medieval and early modern history of the Central European region is definitely growing, knowledge of the medieval languages in which the story is usually told (mainly Latin) has been declining for some time. Just as historians in the rest of Europe appreciated the value of modern language translations in presenting a picture of their country’s history, so central Europeans too have done their best to translate their past chroniclers into the local vernaculars. However, very little has been done to make these highly important narrative sources available to readers not familiar with the relevant Central European languages.

The General Editors’ plan is, therefore, to follow the example of such highly acclaimed enterprises as the Oxford (previously Nelson) Medieval Texts by launching a series of narrative sources on medieval Bohemia, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, and their neighboring countries. Each volume will contain the Latin (or medieval vernacular) text, an English translation, an introductory essay, annotations, indexes, and the usual scholarly apparatus, edited by the best experts in the region and beyond. Since these sources are mostly available in good, relatively recent critical editions, Central European Medieval Texts will print the original language texts with only select textual variants. However, extensive notes will be added on features, persons, and institutions of the region perhaps less known to persons outside it.

It is envisaged that a volume will be published yearly, so we hope that the series will have made the most important narrative and . . .

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