Dating the origin of Jan Długosz’s Liber beneficiorum based on watermarks Cover Image

Czas powstania rękopisu Liber beneficiorum Jana Długosza na podstawie znaków wodnych
Dating the origin of Jan Długosz’s Liber beneficiorum based on watermarks

Author(s): Krystyna Jelonek-Litewka
Subject(s): History, Library and Information Science, Local History / Microhistory
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Keywords: Jan Długosz; Liber beneficiorum; watermarks; cathedral chapter; committee; collegiate church; parish; monastery

Summary/Abstract: Jan Długosz, the Krakow canon and chronicler of Polish events, is also the author of Liber beneficiorum – registers of emoluments regarding Krakow’s cathedral, collegiate churches, monasteries and parishes from the Krakow diocese, which he wrote from 1470 until his death in 1480. It is a source that is widely used by historians of medieval Poland. They generally use the printed version of Liber beneficiorum from the years 1863–1864, based not on the four-volume original from the 15th century, stored in the archives of the Krakow Cathedral Committee, but on the 17th century copies, also found in the same archives. As this publication contained some mistakes, which researchers drew attention to in the 19th century, a new publication of Liber beneficiorum became necessary. From 1966, a few researchers, mainly Stanisław Kuraś and Marek Daniel Kowalski, tried to establish the genesis, source and structure of writing of Liber beneficiorum as well as the dating of this work based on internal criteria: events, people etc. The author of this work tries, however, to establish the date of particular volumes of Liber beneficiorum, and even their parts, based on watermarks on the paper Liber beneficiorum was written on. The author illustrates these with images of the analysed watermarks, as well as tables in which parts of particular volumes appear together with the watermarks in them and dating comparisons with other sources. She also investigates the method of creating Liber beneficiorum, especially the parish parts, as well as the events of the register of emoluments after Długosz’s death.

  • Issue Year: 2022
  • Issue No: XXVIII
  • Page Range: 43-106
  • Page Count: 64
  • Language: Polish