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By Giedre Mickunaite

How does a ruler develop into "the Great?" Is greatness part of authority exercised or part of a picture created? those and different questions are addressed during this quantity at the existence and reminiscence of Grand Duke Vytautas of Lithuania (r.1392-1430). The examine increases a speculation that Vytautas was once the most engineer of his photograph because the nice ruler, whereas his contemporaries and later generations constructed this photo and tailored it to their wishes and understandings. Investigating the propaganda surrounding the grand duke, this learn finds that, in reality, there have been contrary photos: that of an outstanding ruler and that of a tyrant. the ambiguity is that regularly those opposites have been in keeping with a similar good points of the grand duke's personality or episodes from his biography. The examine relies on a big selection of written and visible resources in addition to on documents of oral culture. wealthy and numerous basic fabrics are analysed from the views of political and social historical past, memorial tradition, in addition to iconography and rhetoric.

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