ORATIONS FROM 'DISMISSAL OF THE GRECIAN ENVOYS' IN THE LIGHT OF THE SEYM SPEECHES OF JAN KOCHANOWSKI'S TIME
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In his 'Dismissal of the Grecian Envoys' Kochanowski put five speeches, after hearing of which the Council decides upon the outbreak of the war. A rhetorical analysis of those speeches and the comparison of the model of proceedings made up by Kochanowski with a real picture of the Polish Seym orations points at many similarities. They made the then receivers notice dangerous analogies. As a result, 'Dismissal...' became a warning against a destructive state of affairs for the nation, which, when exposed to demagogy, could not be prevented by the democratic system. Nevertheless, the Troyan proceedings were devoid of some - in the eyes of the nobility - key rules of the Polish Seym. They were: the importance of the constituted laws, the responsibility of the representatives before the nation, and a relatively high position of the king. Thus, the warning became a postulate on the special concern on our anchors of the political system that lacked in Troy.
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