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Author Frick, David A., author

Title Kith, kin, and neighbors : communities and confessions in seventeenth-century Wilno / David Frick
Published Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2013


Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 529 pages) : illustrations
Series ACLS Humanities E-Book
Contents Over the quartermaster's shoulder -- The neighbors -- One roof, four walls -- The bells of Wilno -- Speaking, writing, stereotyping -- Birth, baptism, godparenting -- Education and apprenticeship -- Courtship and marriage -- Marital discontents -- Guild house, workshop, guild altar -- Going to law : the language of litigation -- War, occupation, exile, liberation (1655-1661) -- Old age and poor relief -- Death in Wilno -- Epilogue : conflict and coexistence
Summary In the mid-seventeenth century, Wilno (Vilnius), the second capital of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, was home to Poles, Lithuanians, Germans, Ruthenians, Jews, and Tatars, who worshiped in Catholic, Uniate, Orthodox, Calvinist, and Lutheran churches, one synagogue, and one mosque. Visitors regularly commented on the relatively peaceful coexistence of this bewildering array of peoples, languages, and faiths. In Kith, Kin, and Neighbors, David Frick shows how Wilno's inhabitants navigated and negotiated these differences in their public and private lives. This remarkable book opens with a walk through the streets of Wilno, offering a look over the royal quartermaster's shoulder as he made his survey of the city's intramural houses in preparation for King Wladyslaw IV's visit in 1636. These surveys (Lustrations) provide concise descriptions of each house within the city walls that, in concert with court and church records, enable Frick to accurately discern Wilno's neighborhoods and human networks, ascertain the extent to which such networks were bounded confessionally and culturally, determine when citizens crossed these boundaries, and conclude which kinds of cross-confessional constellations were more likely than others. These maps provide the backdrops against which the dramas of Wilno lives played out: birth, baptism, education, marriage, separation or divorce, guild membership, poor relief, and death and funeral practices. Perhaps the most complete reconstruction ever written of life in an early modern European city, Kith, Kin, and Neighbors sets a new standard for urban history and for work on the religious and communal life of Eastern Europe
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
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Subject European Humanities University Vilnius Institute for Historical Research of Belarus
Europe / Baltic States.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Baltic States.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Eastern.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Former Soviet Republics.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Russia & the Former Soviet Union.
Manners and customs.
Multikulturelle Gesellschaft
Ethnische Gruppe
Regions & Countries - Europe.
History & Archaeology.
Russia & Former Soviet Republics.
Vilnius (Lithuania) -- History -- 17th century
Vilnius (Lithuania) -- Social life and customs -- 17th century
Vilnius (Lithuania) -- Religion -- 17th century
Lithuania -- Vilnius.
Vilnious (Lituanie)
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012041071
ISBN 9780801467530