Posts Tagged ‘Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth’

Catch Some Z’s

October 28, 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

More Poles

September 29, 2014

Yeah, I still haven’t had any luck getting shots of the rest of the Cossacks. But I spent some time on my Polish subject yesterday and he got to participate in a huge battle between a large number of Poles and one of the Swedish armies that spawn as part of The Deluge questline. So I got enough shots for a couple of days’ worth of posts.

The first shot I got is Jerzy Halecki, who is one of my favorites.

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It was very foggy, so that’s why everything is a bit yellow.

Like Gritsenko, Halecki seems to be one that was just made up for the game.

Next we have Fyodor Obukhovich.

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He’s probably the first lord you actually meet in the game if you follow Clermont’s advice and do the quests that the town elder gives you in Zamoshye. He also only exists within the game.

That is Jan Skrzetuski behind him, but from the other side his face was all bloody and I didn’t like the shot I got of him, so I’m going to try to get a better one because he is important.

I suppose this next guy is important too though. I mean, he *is* the King; Jan II Kazimierz Waza:

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He was elected in 1648, during the Khmelnytsky Uprising. Yes, I said elected. Did you know that the Polish Commonwealth had elected kings rather than an absolute monarchy? I thought that was pretty interesting. The king’s power was held in check by a parliament (the Sejm) and a senate. His brother Wladyslaw was king before him, so being an elected position doesn’t necessarily mean that it strays far from ‘royal’ bloodlines. But it can. His family had also held the Swedish throne until his father was deposed by his father’s uncle in 1599, leading to a long feud and many wars between Sweden and Poland, including this Deluge in 1655.