Seriously. These Polish names use so many Z’s. Or so many zeds, if you’re in Canadaland.
I can’t even spell this one without looking, and I sure as heck am not going to attempt to pronounce it. Or maybe I will.
Krzysztof Grzymultowski. Ok, despite the, um, whoa, SEVEN consonants in a row, Krzysztof isn’t really so bad .. I think it’s pronounced Krishtoff, more or less. The last name though … I thinkthe rz sounds kind of like sh, or at least it does in Skrzetuski, so if I had to guess I would say it’s something like Gshymultovski. Or thereabouts.
Let’s just call him KG. He was elected to the sejm (parliament) in 1649. He was one of the diplomats who signed a peace treaty with Sweden in 1652 … that same treaty that the Swedes violated 3 years later during the Deluge. In 1656 he was named voivod (warlord) of Poznań. Later on, beyond the years which I have really studied so far, he signed the Eternal Peace Treaty of 1686, sometimes referred to as Grzymultowski’s Treaty. This was between the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Tsardom of Russia. It confirmed Russian ownership of left-bank Ukraine and Kiev, and prohibited any treaty with the Ottoman Empire.
Speaking of Pan Jan Skrzetuski, I have gotten a better shot of him.
Huh, amazing, I managed to get Kmicic in the shot with him again. Skrzetuski, as I have probably mentioned before, is the main hero of Sienkiewicz’s With Fire and Sword. He also appears in the other two books of the trilogy, The Deluge and Pan Michael, but only as a side character. Of course, (SPOILER) he and Halshka are married at the end of With Fire and Sword, and by the time of Pan Michael, they have so many kids that Jan can almost make up his own regiment with them.
Jan Onufry Zagloba is also from the books.
He is quite a character; balding, fat, half-blind and overly fond of drink. He is jovial and pokes fun at everything and everyone, and loves to embellish his own exploits and take credit for others’ heroic deeds. Yet, despite appearances, he is actually quite cunning and does manage many outstanding things all on his own.
That’s all I’m going to tell you though. If you want to know more about him, or any of this, you should read the books. They are really very good.