ŚLADY MISJI METODIAŃSKIEJ NA ZIEMIACH POLSKICH
Historical traces of the Methodian mission in Poland
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The controversy around Saints Cyril and Methodius’s mission to the historic Polish lands has remained an issue of heated discussions. Many new implications regarding the mission came to light in perspective of the 1050th anniversary of Poland’s Christianization. In literature, the beginnings of Christianity are convergent in time with the event of the baptism of Mieszko I (Czech influence) and the Christianization in a wider scope (influence of Longobard monks). In most available studies the sources which legitimise non-Latin beginnings of Polish Christianity are sometimes intentionally excluded. There is no mention of the Slavic rituals on Polish grounds before 966. The current state of knowledge confirms Methodian mission among the tribes of the Vistulans and the Polans (it concerns people who lived in the original lands in the Vistula basin). This article, therefore, discusses the scope of mission of both Byzantine Christian theologians in Southern Poland.
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