“Dzieł jego i odwag rycerskich […] długo by wyliczać”. The Image of a Soldier in Polish Printed Funeral Orations in the 17the Century Cover Image
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„Dzieł jego i odwag rycerskich […] długo by wyliczać” – wizerunek żołnierza w polskich drukowanych oracjach pogrzebowych XVII wieku
“Dzieł jego i odwag rycerskich […] długo by wyliczać”. The Image of a Soldier in Polish Printed Funeral Orations in the 17the Century

Author(s): Urszula Kicińska
Subject(s): History, Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Studies of Literature, Philology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: paraenetic literature; funeral oration; ideals of men
Summary/Abstract: War and military subjects are a very broad issue and an object of scholarly reserach in many fields. Particularly interesting themes concerning soldiers’ everyday routines, the national and social make‑up of armies, duties of commanders, military drill and the trainingof warriors can be analyzed based on the Sejm acts on the army and hetman codes, worksand treatises written by higher‑rank commanders and politicians, dairies, memoirs, acts ofnomination and conferment and kings’ instructions.On the other hand, the extraordinarily interesting material to study the mentality, personalityand the ideal of a soldier in the modern era is provided by paraenetic sources, which comprise funeral orations, wills and testaments, epitaphs, funeral recollections, lamentations, laments and funeral eulogies. Among the above mentioned, funeral sermons deserve particular attention. They frequently overidealized the virtues of a perfect soldier, regarding birth, nobility, military values, deep patriotism, religiosity, involvement in political and sociallife, charity, devotion to family and a good death.

  • Page Range: 131-155
  • Page Count: 25
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: Polish