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Krzyżackie elity wobec autorów pism polemicznych wspierających Zakon

Title in English Teutonic Elites Towards Authors of Polemic Writings in Support of the Teutonic Order

BAR Přemysl

Year of publication 2022
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The paper deals with several issues related to the making and use of polemic writings written by (not only) legal experts to support the position of the Teutonic Order. Chronologically, the paper will cover the first half of the fifteenth century, especially the times of the two general councils - at Constance and Basel - a period when the Polish-Teutonic dispute was the most intense. At the outset, the terms ‘Teutonic elites’ (dignitaries, general procurators, intellectuals, etc.), ‘polemic writings’ or ‘legal expertise’ will be specified. Previous queries have shown that only a certain proportion of the writings in question are available in source publications. The author will attempt to present as complete an overview of these writings as possible (within the given chronological and thematic framework), together with profiles of the authors (among them were significant Italian jurists). On the basis of specific examples given (not only the trial against Johann Falkenberg) the following issues will be discussed: the initiative and the process of requesting the relevant expert writings to be compiled, the attitude of the Teutonic elites towards the authors and their writings, the degree of involvement of the authors on the Teutonic side, expertise as a paid service, etc. The general question is as follows: what relevance did Teutonic elites attach to the writings and their authors in question?
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