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Włodkowic, Paweł

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Author(s): Soszyński, Jacek
[Paulus Vladimiri] ca 1370-1436. Poland. Professor at Kraków University. Author of Latin works on law and politics. Włodkowic came from a knightly Dołęga clan in Mazovia. He studied in Prague and (financed by prebends in Poznań and Płock), in Padua under the guidance of Francesco Zabarella. He received his doctorate in Kraków in 1411, and was rector 1414-5. He held frequent diplomatic appointments in royal service, culminating in his delegation to the Council of Constance (1415-8).In Konstanz he wrote his most important work, Tractatus de potestate papae et imperatoris respect…
Date: 2016-10-17

Dopełnienie szamotulskie

(214 words)

Author(s): Soszyński, Jacek
(Supplement of Szamotuły) 15th century. Poland. Short Latin chronicle spanning the years 1370-1427, dating from the mid-15th century. Dopełnienie szamotulskie is part of a collection of historical texts written for Piotr of Szamotuły, a dignitary from western Poland. The chronicle was composed in 1427 by an anonymous canon in the Trzemeszno Monastery of Canons Regular, whose goal was to describe the reign of King Władysław Jagiełło. The text is often inaccurate, particularly when it comes to events before the reig…
Date: 2016-10-17

Vincent of Kielcza

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Author(s): Soszyński, Jacek
[Wincenty z Kielczy] ca 1200-70. Poland. Poet, musical composer and author of two Latin biographies of St. Stanisław of Kraków. Wincenty's life is scarcely documented. He was chaplain of the bishop of Kraków (1222), cathedral canon (1227-35), Dominican friar, and member of delegation sent to Modena in 1237 for the relics of Bishop Iwon Odrowąż; he was active in Racibórz (1258-60) and later travelled to Italy. He wrote the patriotic poem Gaude Mater Polonia .Wincenty's Legenda or Vita Minor S. Stanislai (after 1252), and the expanded version Vita Maior (before 1257-61), are hagiogra…
Date: 2016-10-17

Dąbrówka, Jan

(277 words)

Author(s): Soszyński, Jacek
[Jan z Dąbrówki, Joannes Dambrowka] ca 1400/5-72. Poland. Professor of the University of Kraków, diplomat. Author of a Latin commentary on the 13th-century chronicle of Wincenty Kadłubek. Dąbrówka studied in Kraków (BA 1421; MA 1427), where he remained as professor, going through all the stages of university career (doctorate in canon law ca 1440, in theology 1453-58; nine times rector, once vice-chancellor). True to the stream of theological thinking predominant in Kraków, Dąbrówka also wrote scholastic commentarie…
Date: 2016-10-17

Sędziwój of Czechel

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Author(s): Soszyński, Jacek
1410-76. Poland. Church official, scholar, diplomat and historian. Sędziwój studied arts at the University of Kraków (BA 1426; MA 1429) and theology at the University of Paris (1441-4). He taught theology at the Gniezno Cathedral School and became Gniezno Cathedral canon (before 1432). He acted as an envoy for the archbishop of Gniezno, attended the councils of Ferrara (1437-8) and Basel (1441-4), and was activein the service of King Casimir IV. In 1458-9 he joined the canons in Kłodawa to become provost (1459).All his life Sędziwój of Czechel collected Latin works and docume…
Date: 2016-10-17

Annales Miechovienses

(167 words)

Author(s): Soszyński, Jacek
(Annals of Miechów) 15th century. Poland. Latin annalistic text compiled at the Miechów monastery (Canons Regular of the Holy Sepulcre) by several authors at the turn of the century. The annals span the years 947-1434, dealing with the history of Poland in general, and with the monastery in particular. They are divided into two major parts, the first of which (947-1388) was copied as a whole from an earlier source, while the second was compiled by many authors, drawing upon numerous sources and individual experience. They contain materials originating from the lost Annales Polonorum and…
Date: 2016-10-17

Chronicon Cracoviensis

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Author(s): Soszyński, Jacek
[Chronica ecclesiae cathedralis Cracoviensis; Kronika katedralna krakowska (Chronicle of Kraków cathedral)] 15th century. Poland. Short annalistic chronicle in Latin; probably an unfinished wider project. Written after 1370 and before 1382 in Kraków (Cracow), probably by a local cathedral canon, the narrative covers the years 1202-1377. Events of the 13th and early 14th century are based on Cracovian annals and documents from the cathedral archives, while the description of the years 1333-77 is probably based on personal recollections. The autho…
Date: 2016-10-17