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Sorcery and witchcraft in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania

Even though there was no Inquisition in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, witch processes and trials were known to be held as a continuous practice. Witch trials were judged by secular courts such as the gentry court (the castle and the land) and the town court (that of the reeve and the magistrate). This process in GDL was undertaken on a significantly smaller scale than in the countries of West Europe. […]

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Burning the dead in XIV century Grand Duchy of Lithuania

Up until the official Christening of Lithuania in 1387, the custom of burning the dead prevailed in the Baltic territory. Cremation was not prevalent merely in the lands accommodated by the Samogitiams and Semigallians. By that time, the Baltic tribes had been living surrounded by the Christian states for more than a century. As a result, urban polyethnic communities of a new type were being established, the views on afterlife of which were to a large extent influenced by the Christian neighbours. […]

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Seimas acknowledged Adolfas Ramanauskas Vanagas, partisan commander, as Head of State of Lithuania

On the occasion of the Centenary of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas, the Seimas acknowledged Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas, First Deputy Chairman of the Presidium of the Council of the Movement of the Struggle for Freedom of Lithuania (LLKS), as the Head of the Lithuanian State, which was fighting the occupation. […]

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Vilnius unveils plaque to mark 100th anniversary of Lithuania’s 1st government

A commemorative plaque was unveiled in Vilnius on Friday on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Lithuania’s first government. […]

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Formin calls for immediate removal of memorial plaque to Noreika

Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius calls on authorities to take down a memorial plaque to Jonas Noreika, a Lithuanian military officer known as Generolas Vėtra (General Storm), over his collaboration with the Nazis. […]

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Lithuania marks 27 yrs since death of volunteer Seimas guard Sakalauskas

Lithuania marks on Tuesday 27 years since the death of Artūras Sakalauskas, a volunteer soldier who was killed in a clash with Soviet troops outside the parliament building in August 1991, thus becoming the last victim of the Soviet occupation. […]

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Manuals on Ars boni moriendi in the GDL

In the Late Middle Ages, the prevalence of apocalyptic mood in Western Europe became more increasingly pronounced. Manifestations of anticipation for the Last Judgement could be observed, with abundant literary descriptions of this very old subject in history and its portrayals in art. Such apocalyptic trends were influenced by the outbreak of plague in the mid-14th century, the so-called Black Death, devastating Europe, with a death toll of almost one third of its population. […]

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Symbols on Grand Duchy of Lithuania coins: the religion, the ruler, the state

First coins of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania were minted in the late 14th century, right after Jogaila became the king of Poland and Lithuania began the process of Christianisation (in 1386–1387). The Christianisation kick-started a number of important changes in the country, and some of them found their reflection in early Lithuanian coins. The symbolism of the coins was dominated by the motives of religion and authority because in addition to being part of the economy, the coins were supposed to deliver messages about the ruler of the country among various groups of the society. […]

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“The silent” Seimas the end of the internal fights

The Sejm of the Polish – Lithuanian joint state – the Commonwealth of the Two Nations – that convened on 1 February 1717, and sat in conference for only six or seven hours instead of the usual several weeks or several months, was given a name of “silent” because the draft laws were approved without considering them and none of the participants was allowed to start discussions. This procedure for adopting laws was agreed upon in advance. Only the Speaker of the Sejm was allowed to speak whose candidature was coordinated prior to the beginning of the Sejm. There was no usual election of the Speaker of the Sejm either. […]