1. Biskup Wawrzyniec Goślicki był gwaizdą na firmamencie polskiej polityki w XVI wieku. Fot. Jaroslaw Tritt
1. Biskup Wawrzyniec Goślicki był gwaizdą na firmamencie polskiej polityki w XVI wieku. Fot. Jaroslaw Tritt
1. Biskup Wawrzyniec Goślicki był gwaizdą na firmamencie polskiej polityki w XVI wieku. Fot. Jaroslaw Tritt
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Bishop Wawrzyniec Goślicki, whose remains are buried in St. Martin Chapel, attempted to devise new ways to govern the state. The bishop published his thoughts in his 1568 treatise “The Counsellor”. He claimed it is not the will of the monarch, but rather the responsible joint contributions of the citizens that are key to a state’s decision-making. What a bold view for the period! Scholars claim that Goślicki’s treatise may have inspired William Shakespeare to include the character Polonius in his “Hamlet” and Thomas Jefferson to write the American Constitution. The Chapel features a painting representing St. Martin, who was especially revered in Poznań. It depicts the Saint’s entry into the town of Amiens. On his way, the Saint encountered a beggar who asked him for clothing. Known for his kindness, Martin drew his sword, cut off part of his coat and handed it to the pauper. As it soon turned out, the beggar was Christ himself, who had decided to descend to Earth to put Martin to the test. Christ is shown at the top of the painting presenting the part of the coat he had received to a group of angels.

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