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Author Mickūnaitė, Giedrė.

Title Making a great ruler : Grand Duke Vytautas of Lithuania / Giedre Mickunaite
Published Budapest ; New York : Central European University Press, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 337 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), plans
Contents Vytautas creating his own image -- The fifteenth century : shaping of the image -- The early-modern image of Vytautas -- Image and image
Summary How does a ruler become "the Great"? Is greatness a part of authority exercised or a part of an image created? These and other questions are addressed in this volume on the life and memory of Grand Duke Vytautas of Lithuania (r.1392-1430). The study raises a hypothesis that Vytautas was the main engineer of his image as the great ruler while his contemporaries and later generations developed this image and adapted it to their needs and understandings. Investigating the propaganda surrounding the grand duke, this study reveals that, in fact, there were two opposite images: that of a good ruler and that of a tyrant. The paradox is that frequently these opposites were based on the same features of the grand duke's character or episodes from his biography. The research is based on a wide array of written and visual sources as well as on records of oral tradition
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-327) and indexes
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Subject Vytautas, Grand Duke of Lithuania, 1350-1430.
Lithuania -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1281376779
1429413433 (electronic bk.)
9637326561
9781281376770
9781429413435 (electronic bk.)
9789637326561