The Palemonids, Gediminids, and Samogitians: Some Remarks on Lithuanistics in the Chronicle of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Samogitia
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Eugenijus Saviščevas
Vilnius University, Lithuania
Published 2021-12-27
https://doi.org/10.15388/LIS.2021.48.1
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Keywords

Lithuanian Annals
Chronicle of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Samogitia
Bychowiec Chronicle
Theory/Legend of Lithuanian Roman Origin
Gediminids
Palemonids
Samogitia
Onomastics
1690 fireplace census
Orvydas family

How to Cite

Saviščevas E. (2021) “The Palemonids, Gediminids, and Samogitians: Some Remarks on Lithuanistics in the Chronicle of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Samogitia”, Lietuvos istorijos studijos, 48, pp. 8-32. doi: 10.15388/LIS.2021.48.1.

Abstract

The article examines the hypothesis on the possible influence of a Samogitian nobleman on the author of the chronicle of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Samogitia. In the chronicle Lithuania and its ruling dynasty are traced back to Samogitia. The tradition of Gediminids’ pagan names in Samogitia suggests that the author of the chronicle was looking for an informer in this region and perhaps used the local naming tradition to create the names of the legendary Palemonids. The plot of the 1440 Samogitians Uprising, which appears in the Bychowec chronicle, as well as some indirect references, suggest that Stanislovas Orvydas may have been the informer.

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