Between the middle of the 10th century and the middle of the 12th century both the cultural and the national identities of the Poles were formed. They were determined by political decisions made by the rulers from the Piast ruling house and built on a framework consisting of stories focused on the Piasts’ past. In all of this a dynastic tradition supported by the current ruler and his entourage was created and re-created. Tradition was understood as communication, the aim of which was to transmit values which define ways of perceiving the world by those people who accept this tradition as their own – by the Poles. The aim of the work is to seek traces of these traditions and values still alive in Polish culture.
Przemysław Wiszewski, Ph.D. (2000) in History, University of Wrocław, Poland, assistant professor at the University of Wrocław. His main field are social and cultural phenomena uniting social groups of different sizes in the medieval and early modern eras.
Table of contents
Part One On the Trial of Tradition
1. Fragments- Scattered Evidence
2. Annalistic Records
Part Two The Time of Great Narrative
3. The Shadow of Great Boleslaw
4. The Embodiment of Tradition? Boleslaw III
5. After Gallus Anonymous...The Traditions of Boleslaw and the lives of Bishop Otto of Bamberg
Part Three Tradition in Action
6. Family Life and Family Tradition
7. The Piast Gesture- A Sign of Power
8. Tradition: Foundation and Memory
Medievalists interested in the history of Central Europe, but also historians and sociologists interested in the processes of creating a state/national identity and readers looking for multidimensional views of medieval communication.