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Jan Długosz (1415–1480)
Polish historian, diplomat and clergyman, since the 18th century considered the most eminent Polish historical writer. He studied the liberal arts at the Academy of Kraków, yet never received a diploma. Joined the court of the Bishop of Kraków, Zbigniew Oleśnicki, and became the cleric’s right-hand man. After the death of Oleśnicki, he served King Casimir the Jagiellonian (Kazimierz Jagiellończyk) and was the tutor of his sons as of 1467. Author of one of the most eminent works in mediaeval European historiography – Annales seu Cronicae Regni Poloniae, literally: Annals or Chronicles of the Famous Kingdom of Poland – with a part published under the title of The Annals of Jan Długosz. In the 12 volumes of his work, Długosz described the history of Poland from legendary times to 1418, the first full edition of which was published in print in 1701–1703.
Jan Długosz on the painting by Antoni Gramatyka, 1878
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