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Gallus Anonymus
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fl. 1112-18. Poland. A French Benedictine, most likely from the Abbey of Saint Gilles in Provence, who wrote a chronicle of Poland, Cronicae et Gesta ducum sive principum Polonorum. As early as the 16th century, its authorship was attributed to an unidentified monk of Frankish origin and dubbed Gallus Anonymus (in Polish, Gall Anonim). It is likely that the monk arrived in Poland via Hungary (the Abbey of Samogyvár) before 1110. This interpretation is generally accepted, but has recently been challenged with the argument that the monk had an Italian background (…

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von Guttner Sporzynski, Darius, “Gallus Anonymus”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 01 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emc_SIM_01054>
First published online: 2016

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