Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Vytautas the Great

Vytautas the Great Monument, Kaunas, Lithuania
Vytautas the Great Monument by Vincas Grybas, 1932
(Copy of the original destroyed in 1951)
Laisvės Alėja (Liberty Boulevard)
Kaunas, Lithuania, September 1997

“Born in 1350 in the castle of present-day Old Trakai (Senieji Trakai), Vytautas was the son of Kęstutis and his wife Birutė. Vytautas was a cousin and childhood friend of Jogaila (Władysław II Jagiełło), who became King of Poland in 1386. Around 1370, he married Anna, who gave birth to Sophia of Lithuania. Sophia was married to Vasily I, Grand Prince of Moscow, and mother and regent to their son Vasili II. After Anna's death in 1418, Vytautas married her niece Juliana Olshanska, daughter of Ivan Olshanski who outlived him.[6] Because of the relationship between the two women, the Bishop of Vilnius was unwilling to perform the ceremony without a papal dispensation; however, Jan Kropidło did not have such scruples and married them on 13 November 1418.”
(Vytautas, Wikipeda)

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