literatura polska; tematy i motywy literackie; wojna szwedzko-polska; "czarna legenda" Janusza II Radziwiłła
Katowice : Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
R. Ocieczek, B. Mazurkowa (red.), "Czasy potopu szwedzkiego w literaturze polskiej" (S. 21-34). Katowice : Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
The article presents various source materials assessing the political attitude of Janusz II
Radziwiłł, such as occasional poetry, letters, research works, or literary texts presenting the
magnate in question. In the 17lh c. negative opinions of the Birża line of the Radziwiłł family
appeared in lampoons pouring scorn on Prince Janusz’s decision to move crosses in his landed
estate (in 1647). The Kiejdany pact was criticised more sharply. The authors of Latin epitaphs
commented on RadziwiH’s political attitude in a particularly negative and mordant spirit, and
they spread news about his allegedly suicidal death.
In the 19lh c. the black legend of Janusz II Radziwiłł was particularly developed and perpetuated
by Sienkiewicz, who drew, among other things, on the works by L. Kubala. The magnate
in question has also been presented in a comedy by A. Bełcikowski, and in a drama by M. Dąbrowska.
In modern research studies, the label of a ‘traitor’ is given to Janusz II in various historical
books and dictionaries, and also in captions placed under the Prince’s portraits.