Journal article

Communicating God’s war. Accounts of holy war in Polish medieval narrative sources

Darius Von Güttner-Sporzynski

Ordines Militares Colloquia Torunensia Historica | Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika/Nicolaus Copernicus University | Published : 2021


The authors of Polish medieval narrative accounts from and about Poland communicated episodes of Christian holy war and proto-crusades in a distinct and consistent way from the early twelfth century. In this article I will argue that the anonymous author of the Gesta principum Polonorum presented the Polish conquest of Pomerania as a holy war, and that a hundred years later, the learned Vincentius Bishop of Cracow in his Chronica Polonorum depicted three military campaigns against the Prussian pagans and apostates as crusading expeditions. I will also argue that the first Polish historian Jan Długosz, deliberately celebrated and highlighted these earlier accounts to his contemporary fifteent..

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