The Annals of Jan Dlugosz

This is an abridged edition of The Annals of Jan Dlugosz in English of the great medieval chronicle "Annales seu cronicae incliti regni Poloniae".

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  • Weight
    1600 g
  • ISBN
    978-19010190-01

This is a contemporary history of the half-forgotten lands between the rivers Oder and Dnieper, Byelorus, Bohemia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland and the Ukraine from A.D. 965 to A.D.1480.

Jan Dlugosz wrote his great chronicle in Latin in the later years of his life. Copies were made, but it was not until A.D. 1511 that the text was printed. "Annales seu cronicae incliti regni Poloniae" was translated into German in 1594 and into Polish in 1868 and a new edition was started in 1960 (though the crucial final Book 12 has yet to appear). Thus this English abridgement of The Annals of Jan Dlugosz makes Dlugosz' great work available for the first time to others than specialist scholars. Because of the enormous length of the Annales even those able to read the original will find The Annals of Jan Dlugosz a useful introduction and guide for further study. Dlugosz' great work is now considered as important as the famous chronicles of "Froissart and de Commines". It is certainly an essential, if not the most important, source book for medieval East European studies today, which hitherto have been hampered by the lack of translations of this basic material and thus lacking the different perspectives provided by "The Annals".

Maurice Michael was a professional literary translator. He learnt his Polish when attached to the military mission with the Polish 1st Corps in Scotland during the Second World War. Together with one of his teachers, T.M. Filip he produced A Polish Anthology. After the war he reverted to his profession of translator, writing or translating over 120 books.

When, years later, he came across the Polish translation of Dlugosz's Annales he decided to produce an English abridgement to make this fascinating and important work available to an international audience.

  • English Abridgement:
    Maurice Michael
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Pages
    673
  • Weight (g)
    1400
  • ISBN-10
    1-901-01-900-4
  • ISBN-13
    9781901019001

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