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A Letter from the King of Poland to His Queen: News about the Siege on Vienna in 1683
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages, Slavic Languages.
2014 (English)In: Early Modern Print Culture in Central Europe: Proceedings of the Young Scholars Section of the Wrocław Seminars September 2013 / [ed] Stefan Kiedroń, Anna-Maria Rimm, in co-operation with Patrycja Poniatowska, Wrocław: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego , 2014, 163-177 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the early days of printing, pamphlets were a common way of spreading information and influencing public opinion. One widely spread pamphlet in the late 17th century contained a letter from the Polish king Jan III Sobieski to his wife, relating the end of the siege on Vienna in 1683. This article examines three Polish versions of the text, four German translations, a previously unknown Latin translation, printed in a Cologne newspaper, and an English translation, made from Latin and printed as a pamphlet. Besides establishing the relationships between the various versions, I also comment on certain aspects of translation technique. Some versions show evidence of having been translated from manuscript originals rather than printed pamphlets. In other cases, the text has been shortened or expanded, sometimes adding details from other sources or from the translators’ background knowledge. The many versions of the text testify to its importance and show the complexity of early modern information networks.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wrocław: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego , 2014. 163-177 p.
Keyword [en]
philology, translation, news, pamphlets, Jan III Sobieski
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Slavic Languages; Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-252277ISBN: 978-83-229-3473-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-252277DiVA: diva2:809654
Early Modern Print Culture in Central Europe
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Available from: 2015-05-05 Created: 2015-05-05 Last updated: 2015-05-05

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