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Wykład o słodkiej ziemi Cypru „Cronaca”, to jest Kroniką, zwany (PDF)

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Leontios Machairas’s fifteenth century account is beyond doubt the most outstanding example of mediaeval Greek chronicle-writing. The work is the main source on Cypriot history in the period following the island’s seizure by Frankish Crusaders... czytaj więcej

Wykład o słodkiej ziemi Cypru „Cronaca”, to jest Kroniką, zwany (PDF)

Leoncjusz Machieras. Przekład i opracowanie Małgorzata Borowska
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Edition:
1
Place and year of publication:
Warszawa 2022
Publication language:
polski
Translator:
Borowska Małgorzata
ISBN/ISSN:
978-83-235-5609-1
EAN:
9788323556091
Number of page:
400
Method of publication:
PDF
Size of the file:
32,35 MB
Publication type:
Praca naukowa
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.31338/uw.9788323556091
Recital Concerning the Sweet Land of Cyprus Entitled "Cronaca", or Chronicle

Leontios Machairas’s fifteenth century account is beyond doubt the most outstanding example of mediaeval Greek chronicle-writing. The work is the main source on Cypriot history in the period following the island’s seizure by Frankish Crusaders as well as a monument of living vernacular Cypriot Greek of the Middle Ages. The story told encompasses 1,131 years: from the discovery of the True Cross by Saint Helen (327) to the end of the Frankish rule of the island with the death of King John II (1458).

The author of the chronicle was a Greek-speaking Cypriot native but also a Frankish courtier. The reader gets a feeling as though the author had documented a gradual making of Cyprus’s Franko-Greek society, hailing mostly from the middle (urban) classes of the islanders: natives as well as incomers, with more uniting than dividing both groups as time went by. Speaking at least two languages, attending Greek and Latin churches, they were probably blissfully unaware of the problem of ‘dual loyalty’.

Keywords: Cyprus, Middle Ages, chronicle, Leontios Machairas, Franks.


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