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The Legend of Kristian – truth or mystification? The life and martyrdom of St. Wenceclaus and St. Ludmila in the light of historical and philological analysis

Wojciech Jan Jasiński

Abstract

My doctoral thesis: “The Legend of Kristian – truth or mystification? The life and martyrdom of St. Wenceclaus and St. Ludmila in the light of historical and philological analysis” examines the historiographical and philological aspect of an exceptional Latin source describing the beginnings of the Czech state, the fate of its Church as well as the chronicle of events of the first generations of the Premyslid Dynasty. Kristian’s Legend, also known under the Latin name Vita et passio sancti Wenceslai et sancte Ludmile ave eius, is an exceptional literary work; recounting the story of the saints Ludmila and Wenceslaus, presenting the missionary activity of St Cyril and Methodius as well as the Christianisation of the Czech nation. The author of the Legend, traditionally referred to as Kristian, addresses St Adalbert, the bishop of Prague at the time, in the prologue of his work. There were various ways employed by the researchers to determine the identity of the Legend author, whether they believed the legend was created in the 10th century or at a later time.
Record ID
UAM98bd65c8211941ff8ab92ff53b8137db
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Wojciech Jan Jasiński (FoH) Wojciech Jan Jasiński,,
Title in Polish
Legenda Krystiana – autentyk czy mistyfikacja? Żywot i męczeństwo św. Wacława i św. Ludmiły w świetle analizy historycznej i filologicznej
Title in English
The Legend of Kristian – truth or mystification? The life and martyrdom of St. Wenceclaus and St. Ludmila in the light of historical and philological analysis
Language
pl Polish
Certifying Unit
Faculty of History (FoH)
Discipline
history / (humanities) / (humanities)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
1.3 history
Defense Date
29-06-2018
End date
29-06-2018
Supervisor
URL
http://hdl.handle.net/10593/23589 opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
Legend of Kristian, Bohemia
Abstract in English
My doctoral thesis: “The Legend of Kristian – truth or mystification? The life and martyrdom of St. Wenceclaus and St. Ludmila in the light of historical and philological analysis” examines the historiographical and philological aspect of an exceptional Latin source describing the beginnings of the Czech state, the fate of its Church as well as the chronicle of events of the first generations of the Premyslid Dynasty. Kristian’s Legend, also known under the Latin name Vita et passio sancti Wenceslai et sancte Ludmile ave eius, is an exceptional literary work; recounting the story of the saints Ludmila and Wenceslaus, presenting the missionary activity of St Cyril and Methodius as well as the Christianisation of the Czech nation. The author of the Legend, traditionally referred to as Kristian, addresses St Adalbert, the bishop of Prague at the time, in the prologue of his work. There were various ways employed by the researchers to determine the identity of the Legend author, whether they believed the legend was created in the 10th century or at a later time.
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Uniform Resource Identifier
https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/phd/UAM98bd65c8211941ff8ab92ff53b8137db/

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