THE ROLE MODEL OF A PRIEST-MARTYR OF THE 16TH AND 17TH CENTURIES IN PIOTR SKARGA'S 'THE LIVES OF SAINTS' (Obraz kaplana-meczennika doby potrydenckiej w Zywotach swietych Piotra Skargi)
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The aim of the article is to present the main components of the role model of a priest-martyr of the 16th and the 17th centuries. The research has been based on the 1615 edition of The Supplement to the lives of saints collection by Piotr Skarga. The heroes presented in this part of the book were the victims of anti-Catholic persecutions in England, France, Brasil, India and other countries. Although not canonized, they were included in the then hagiography as brave advocates of their faith, demonstrating extreme heroism during torture sessions, disputations and executions.
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