A crash course in Polish literature

Reposted from Encyclopedia.com:

“The “golden age” of Polish literature (1520–1620) arose out of modest medieval beginnings. Latin-writing historians (Gallus Anonymus, 1113–1115; Bishop of Cracow Wincenty Kadłubek, early thirteenth century; Jan Długosz, or Longinus, fifteenth century) produced chronicles of Polish events; churchmen wrote poetry, saints’ lives, and theological and political tracts. Extant literature in Polish paints a still more modest picture. We have a Psalter translated for Queen Jadwiga (late fourteenth or early fifteenth century) and a Bible done for Queen Sophia (c. 1455); two collections of sermons (fourteenth and fifteenth centuries); a versified Legenda o świętym Aleksym (mid-fifteenth century; Legend of St. Alexis); Rozmowa Mistrza Polikarpa ze Śmiercią (late fifteenth century; Conversation of Master Polikarp with Death); Słota’s didactic poem about table manners (early fifteenth century); a few secular songs and satires; some religious hymns, perhaps the oldest of which was an invocation of the mother of God (“Bogurodzica”); and apocrypha, such as the fifteenth-century Meditation on the Life of Lord Jesus. Many of these works had Latin, German, and Czech models, and there are some indications that untranslated works of Czech literature (which experienced a flourishing in the mid-fourteenth century) may have found a Polish readership.”

Read the full article at http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3404900881.html

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