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Edited By Agnieszka Borysowska and Barbara Milewska-Wazbinska
Pomeranian Poets about their Dead Rulers. Elaborate Forms in Seventeenth Century Funeral Poetry. Agnieszka Borysowska
Pomeranian Poets about their Dead Rulers Elaborate Forms in Seventeenth Century Funeral Poetry Agnieszka Borysowska University of Szczecin Pomerania, the historical-geographical region extending on both sides of the Oder estuary along the coast of the Baltic Sea, was under the authori- ty of the dukes of the Griffin1 dynasty from the twelfth century up to 1637. These areas were periodically divided into districts ruled by re- spective princes, but in certain periods were united in a common Pomer- anian principality. At the beginning of the seventeenth century, nothing suggested the extinction of the dynasty and in effect – the fall of the Pomeranian state. Duke of Stettin Bogislaw XIII left a number of male descendants, a son (namely Philip Julius) was also born to his brother, Ernest Louis. However, none of the six male representatives of the dyn- asty who reached maturity in the early seventeenth century left any suc- cessors. Last Griffin, Boguslav XIV, died in 1637, and his death ended the period of independence of the Western Pomeranian state. The lands sub- ordinate to Griffins for last five hundred years were divided between the Kingdom of Sweden and the Brandenburg electorate. However, before this happened, not only the surviving family mem- bers, but also the whole community of Pomerania were struck fear about the continuity of the dynasty and the fate of the state by childless, often preceded only by a short illness, and therefore sudden, deaths of the Pomeranian dukes. Echoes of these spirits can be found in...
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