Authority and Lineage. On the Image of Sovereign in the Old Serbian Literature Cover Image

Władza i rodowód. O wizerunku władcy w staroserbskiej literaturze
Authority and Lineage. On the Image of Sovereign in the Old Serbian Literature

Author(s): Izabela Lis-Wielgosz
Subject(s): Language studies
Published by: Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza
Keywords: authority; lineage; holiness; sovereign; Old Serbian Literature; hagiographical texts; historiographical texts; hymnic texts; state; Orthodox Church; dynasty

Summary/Abstract: The article refers to a problem of relationship between authority and genealogy, and to their specific functioning in the Old Serbian literature, that is in other words, in the hagiographical, historiographical, and hymnic texts. In all th ose works, the combination of the both ideas undoubtedly serves the ideological creation, regarding the image of sovereign together with the exposition of his extra-ordinary lineage and destiny which are tied to his place and role in the space of history, politics, religion, and culture. In the literature, this peculiar relationship is expressed by the two characteristic constructions of dynasty and genealogy. With regard to this representation, the dynastic construction is based on the model of biblical motif concerning Jesse’s stem and functions as the saint osier of the family of Nemanjić. As for the second construction, of genealogy, it reveals i tself as a component of the classical myth of historiography that determines the beginnings namely, the Serbian sovereign’s mythical genesis that also concerns all his charismatic, saint family.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 05
  • Page Range: 173-184
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish