Jan Chryzostom Pasek

Jan Chryzostom Pasek

Jan Chryzostom Pasek

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Jan Chryzostom Pasek (1636–1701) was a Polish nobleman (szlachcic) and writer in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. He is best remembered for his memoirs (Pamietniki), which are a valuable historical source about Baroque sarmatian culture and events in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

Born in 1636<sup>1</sup> in Węgrzynowice near Rawa Mazowiecka in a minor szlachta family. He attended a Jesuit school. He enlisted in the army at age 19 and for 11 years he was a soldier in a Polish military, where he fought in the campaigns under hetman Stefan Czarniecki against Sweden, in the Denmark campaign, took part in the war and negotiations with Moscow (where he was member of the diplomatic mission), fought the rokoszans of Lubomirski and Turks. In 1667 he married and retired to his estate in Małopolska (south Poland). Lawsuits that arose from his various excesses and conflicts with neighbours eventually resulted in his sentence to exile, but the sentence was never enforced.

Near the end of his life (likely around 1690-1695) he wrote an autobiographical diary, a copy of which was found in 18th century and |printed in 1821, making Pasek posthumously famous. In his memoirs, he depicts in vivid language the everyday life of szlachcic, both during wartime and peace, with valuable batallistic scenes. He relates the tales of the 17th-century Swedish and Muscovite wars, the catastrophic last years of the reign of King John II Casimir (1648-68), the incompetent rule of...
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