Biernat of Lublin

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Woodcut from Żywot Ezopa Fryga (The Life of Aesop the Phrygian), Kraków, 1578 ed.

Biernat of Lublin (Polish: Biernat z Lublina, Latin Bernardus Lublinius, ca. 1465 – after 1529) was a Polish poet, fabulist, translator and physician. He was one of the first Polish-language writers known by name, and the most interesting of the earliest ones. He expressed plebeian, Renaissance and religiously liberal opinions.[1]

Life[edit]

Biernat wrote the first book printed in the Polish language: printed in 1513, in Kraków at Poland's first printing establishment, operated by Florian Ungler—a prayer-book, Raj duszny (Hortulus Animae, Eden of the Soul).

Biernat also penned the first secular work in Polish literature: a collection of verse fables, plebeian and anticlerical in nature: Żywot Ezopa Fryga (The Life of Aesop the Phrygian), 1522.

Works[edit]

  • Raj duszny (Eden of the Soul), 1513
  • Żywot Ezopa Fryga (The Life of Aesop the Phrygian), 1522
  • Dialog Polinura z Charonem (Dialog of Polinur and Charon)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Biernat z Lublina" ("Biernat of Lublin"), Encyklopedia Polski (Encyclopedia of Poland), p. 57.

References[edit]

  • "Biernat z Lublina" ("Biernat of Lublin"), Encyklopedia Polski (Encyclopedia of Poland), Kraków, Wydawnictwo Ryszard Kluszczyński, 1996, ISBN 83-86328-60-6, p. 57.