Staropolskie mowy weselne.

Joanna Kuchta


In the old Polish period, orations were an indispensable elemant of all family celebrations. Gentry, and other social classes folowing it, took delight in long speeches. Wedding speeches can be classified in a border group of panegyric occasional compositions, in which the key role played by the praise of the families of the newlyweds, and of the personal merits of the young couple. Wedding speeches constitute an omportant historical source for research into the customs of the 17th and the 18th centuries. On the one hand, they show the great emphasis which people in those times placed on ostentation and theatrical effect of the celebrations, and on the other, they supply valuable information about the patterns of an old Polish family, e.g. what a good wife should be, or what qualities a husband should have. Wedding speeches are also abundant in praisec of the institution of marriage. Wedding orations promoted a specific model of living in which family and family connections played a very important role.

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społeczeństwo staropolskie, obyczajowość, obrzędy weselne

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