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Month: May 2021

“If there was no Rome, then Kraków would be Rome.” Incredible relation of the Italian traveler from the 16th-century capital of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

“If there was no Rome, then Kraków would be Rome.” Incredible relation of the Italian traveler from the 16th-century capital of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

Cardinal Caetani was sent to Poland with a mission of extreme importance. This delegate of Pope Clement VIII was to persuade the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth to become involved in the activities of the Holy League against the Ottoman Empire. One of the members of the legation, the papal ceremonial master Giovanni Mucante, left a diary after this visit. Inside we can find a fantastic description of the 16th-century Kraków, so we can travel back in time to the capital of the…

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Werewolves in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

Werewolves in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

Our ancestors were faced with numerous dangers, hidden in the dark on the border between reality and fantasy. Witches made pacts with the devil, strigoi, or revenants returning to the world of the living were a real threat for people as a plague or the enemy’s army marching through the land. In the catalog of impure forces marauding the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, there is a place for a monster that rules the human imagination also today: a werewolf.