ISSN 2084–1418
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2011, Nr 1-2 (1), Preliminarium

Tomasz Wiślicz
Nadprzyrodzone interwencje w dzieje Rzeczypospolitej: przypadki Matki Boskiej Sokalskiej i Matki Boskiej z Tynnej

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Słowa kluczowe: miracula, religious propaganda, ex-voto, Virgin Mary, miraculous image, kratophany

The survival of Polish-Lithuanian state in the mid-seventeenth century in spite of extremely dramatic concurrence of rebellions and invasions could be easily perceived as a wonder. In Polish national mythology the turning point in the chain of the nation's calamities was the successful defense of Jasna Góra sanctuary of Black Madonna against the Swedish troops in 1655. According to the legend, Virgin Mary herself appeared in the sky during the Swedish siege in order to frighten Her enemies. The experience of the wars of mid-seventeenth century and the triumph of the new, baroque religious culture ensured Polish nobility that the well-being of their state depended on the divine providence. Nevertheless, heavenly interventions did not find their place in the historiography of early modern Poland with exception for the miracle at Jasna Góra. Other divine interventions, although contributed to ideological worldview of Polish gentry, did not transcend the boundaries of religious discourse. Thus, reading popular devotional publications throws another light on Polish history, or - speaking more accurately - on the way of perceiving the historical process by people of the 17th century. The contribution analyzes the political component of the cult of two from numerous holy images of Virgin Mary. The first of them is Heavenly Mother of Sokal, which competed in prestige and popularity with Our Lady of Jasna Góra. The second image is Heavenly Mother of Tynna, the object of private cult of two noble families from Podole region.

Informacje o autorze:
WIŚLICZ TOMASZ – historyk dziejów nowożytnych, adiunkt w Instytucie Historycznym Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego i w Instytucie Historii Polskiej Akademii Nauk. E-mail: twislicz[at]