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The work concerns the means of functioning spy motives, especially Baroque ones in the
works of the nature of a heroic narrative, among other things, in Potrzeba z Szeremetem by Samuel
Leszczyński and Mars sauromacki by Samuel (Hutor) Szymonowski and Przeważna legacyja by
Samuel Twardowski. The very motive fulfilled various functions, i.e. interested with a thrilling plot,
co-created the image of a good because a sensible ruler constituted an important evidence of truth of
the events presented from the perspective of the poetics of “native heroicum” at that time.
The literary motives in question are placed in the cultural context; the traces of spy art find
their proofs in the Bible. The presence of spy motives was also recorded in the Ancient literature (in
works by Homer and Virgil).