The Slippery Memory of Men

Ultimo aggiornamento: 25 maggio 2021

Milliman P.

The Slippery Memory of Men

The Place of Pomerania in the Medieval Kingdom of Poland

BRILL, Leiden (The Netherlands) 2013

Series: East Central and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 450-1450, Vol. 21


Paul Milliman's The Slippery Memory of Men is the first monograph on the role played by the early fourteenth-century trials between Poland and the Teutonic Knights in the restoration of the Polish kingdom. It is also only the second English-language monograph on this important transitional period in Polish history and the first in over 40 years. Milliman first analyzes the thirteenth-century borderland society of the south Baltic littoral, especially in Pomerania, and then uses the lengthy testimonies of over 150 witnesses from the fourteenth-century trials to examine the role of the memory of this borderland in informing the witnesses' views of where the kingdom of Poland was as well as who should be included within its boundaries

Table of contents

Acknowledgments ... vii
List of Abbreviations ... xi
Maps ... xiii

Introduction ... 1
1. A iugo principum Polonie, a iugo Theutonicorum:
Pomerania and the South Baltic Frontier of Latin Christendom in the Early Thirteenth Century ... 23
2. Dealing with the Past and Planning for the Future: Contested Memories, Conflicted Loyalties, and the Partition
and Donation of Pomerania in the Late Thirteenth Century ... 65
3. The Restorations of the Kingdom of Poland and the Foundation of the Teutonic Ordensstaat at the Turn of the Fourteenth Century ... 94
4. Immortalis Discordia: Eternal Enmity, Massacre, and Memorialization in the German-Polish Borderlands ... 139
5. Pomerania between Poland and Prussia: Lordship, Ethnicity, Territoriality, and Memory ... 196
Conclusion ... 255

Appendix 1. The Procurator-General of the Teutonic Knights Pleads His Case to the Papal Curia Concerning the Gdansk Massacre, 1310 ... 263
Appendix 2. The Claims Submitted by the Polish Procurators in 1320 ... 267
Appendix 3. The Claims Submitted by the Royal Procurator in 1339 ... 269

Bibliography ... 279
Index ... 313


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Scheda a cura di: Milliman P.