Roma-Gypsy Presence in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: 15th-18th Centuries

November 30, 2015

Lech Mroz, head of the  Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw, analyses 166 original and previously unpublished documents dating from the very first mention of a Gypsy in 1401 up to the year 1765. These documents range from royal decrees through  lawsuits to entries in municipal records.  Some were written in Polish but many are in Latin, German or Ruthenian. They tell the story of not only the Gypsies living in Poland, but also of those who now live in Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine.

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