2015 | 7 | 247-263
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Rękopis "Księgi wszystkich spraw Konwentu Gnieźnieńskiego zakonu S. Klary [...] pilnie pisane w roku pańskim 1609" i jego zawartość

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„The Book of All Matters of the Gniezno Convent of St. Clare …written conscientiously in the year of the Lord 1609” and its contents
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The author describes the contents of one of the most valuable and most extensive (802 pages) surviving manuscripts of the Poor Clares of Gniezno. It is kept in Archdiocesan Archives in Gniezno, in the fonds Zakon Klarysek Gniezno [Poor Clares of Gniezno], no. 3. The manuscript was begun in 1609, when Dorota Bromirska was the prioress (1609–1617). We can distinguish in it characteristic features of the handwriting of several dozen people (probably the nuns); the dominant language is Polish and there are signs suggesting the manuscript was in frequent use. The manuscript is a veritable silva rerum; it combines characteristics of a chronicle, catalogue, obituary of nuns as well as inventory and description of their property. It contains information about various spheres of the convent’s activity and daily life, facts associated with the history of the convent, of Gniezno and of Poland – though that last group is the least numerous. Approximately half of the entries deal with the convent’s economy, including inspections of the property (from 1610, the most detailed is from 1615) as well as inventories from 1624, 1627, 1631, 1632, 1661, 1667, 1673, 1676, 1682, 1686 and 1689. Data about the daily life comes from inspection reports and descriptions of elections of prioresses. There is little information about customs and morals. Very little information concerns matters happening outside the convent, apart, of course, from contacts with the Franciscan Sisters of Gniezno, who were spiritual guardians of the Poor Clares
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  • Instytut Archeologii i Etnologii PAN w Warszawie
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Publication order reference
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