[See also “Letters of Gediminas” in this issue, Lituanus ]. This translation was made from the texts in V. Pashuto and I. Shtal eds., Gedimino Laiškai (The. Gedimino Laiškai. (Послания Гедимина.) Parengė V. Pašuta Ir I. Štal. Rus., Lat. & Lit. Front Cover. Grand Duke of Lithuania GEDYMIN. – pages. This Pin was discovered by Ketvirtas Kabinetas. Discover (and save!) your own Pins on Pinterest.

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Thus, “Gediminas” was used instead of any one of a dozen or so ways of spelling his name used in English texts. Gediminas claimed that the Teutonic Knights did not act in the interest of the Catholic faith. No attempt to verify this information has been made.

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The second branch was located to the south and west of Lithuania, in Prussia. The numbering of the letters in the book was retained, although not all the documents were translated. Also, Vilnius is unambiguously mentioned as the capital city. The people were forced into resistance.

Gediminas asked for help enforcing the treaty. He also asked to spread the word to craftspeople that they were welcome in Lithuania. To the north of Lithuania, mostly in present day Latvia and Estonia, was the Livonian branch.


This usage was retained. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The fourth and the fifth letters were also written on May 26, and were addressed to the Franciscan and Dominican Orders.

Gediminas is considered to be the city’s founder even though the city existed years before Gediminas’ reign. The merchants were also exempt from any tariffs or taxes. His essay emphasizes the importance of the letters for understanding the economic conditions of Lithuania at the time. A first draft was made from the Lithuanian translation of M. Instead, they brutally devastated the land. The last surviving letter was written on September 22, and was addressed to the bishop of TartuErzel, ruler of Tallinn land, and Council of Riga.

This page was last edited on 14 Decemberat Therefore, is considered to be the official founding year of Vilnius.

Footnotes were also used to indicate the corrections suggested by Rabikauskas. Concerning the authenticity of the letters, there appear to be two theories.

Views Read Edit View history. Other names appear as they do in the Latin or German source, except in the few cases where generally accepted English spellings were available. It asked for various craftspeople the list of crafts was expanded to come to Lithuania and practice their trade. At the time gdeimino letters were written, there was one order divided into two branches.

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Data concerning the source of the documents are taken from the book. His gedinino notably included German Jews as well as Christians, and its issuance is closely linked to the establishment of the Jewish community in Lithuania.


It said that there were three churches in the duchy: One — Pashuto sees to favor it — holds that the letters were written as Gediminas wanted them to be written, and that they accurately represent his thinking. In essence it laoskai the second letter.

Letters of Gediminas

This letter is best known because Vilniuscapital of Lithuania, was mentioned in written sources for the first time. Formally, it was called the Ordo Militum Hospitalis S. It was then compared with the original Latin texts, in the case of document 8, with the original German. Where the name is clearly Lithuanian, the spelling used was the present day Lithuanian spelling.

Retrieved from ” https: He told about the first letter sent to the pope and his intentions to baptize in the Catholic rite. Since they were sent to the Western Europe, the pope, merchants, and craftspeople, they were written in Latin. Beforethis had been an independent order, the Fratres Militiae Christi, usually called the Knights of the Sword, or Sword Brothers.