Kaytoh W. Notes on how Ian Chrysostom Pasek fought with Moscow
The theme of the article is an excerpt of «Notes» Ian Chrysostom Apiary (1636–1701), where he reminisces his adventures in 1660–1662. Pasek fought with the Russian army in 1660 in the division Czarnecki. He participated in the battles against the regiment under Hetman Ivan Khovanskii Polonka (28/06/1660) and detachments of Yuri Dolgoruky River Bass (10.08.1660) and in smaller battles. Yang Chrysostom was able to learn more about Moscow – the people and the state – when in 1662 served as a diplomat, commanding an armed escort that accompanied the royal ambassadors from Viaz'ma to Warsaw. Speaking of battles, Pasek likes to brag personal courage and prey. According to the author, the story conveys Apiary specifics of the war, in which opponents are not felt for each other too much hatred – the narrator of «Notes» fighting under the law of war, but the Russian army – the nobility, rich, brave – he likes. Pasek was not looking for any particular ideological, religious or messianic justification of the Polish-Russian war. Orthodox and not too inclined to reflect Catholic nowhere shows intolerance towards Orthodoxy, he is not aware of significant differences between Orthodoxy and Catholicism (but notes the fundamental differences between Catholicism and Protestantism). Personal acquaintance with Russian Apiary gave him the opportunity to become acquainted with them, choose to focus on some interesting observations and even caused him to experience the feeling of a certain community with Muscovites due to the fact that they are also Christians and belong to nobility. And if Apiary – correctly so – considered to be the most usual example, the average age of the Polish gentry, the Apiary memoirs suggest that in Poland the second half of XVII century there still any particular hostility to Russian Orthodoxy, Russian power.
Ian Chrysostom Pasek, Polish nobility, the Russian nobility, Christians, Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Moscow, Polish-Russian battles 1660–1662