The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth existed from 1569 to 1795, when it was partitioned by its neighbours. I intend to write about its history, culture, people, fashions, politics, laws, philosophy, religions and literature. I hope to create short biographies of Polish women. The time scope will likely stretch to include the 19th century. Although Poland and Lithuania did not exist at that time, its peoples did, and their life effort was to bring their old motherland back to life.
The Commonwealth was a unique country in Europe, full of paradoxes, unusual laws and attitudes. It was renowned for its politics of tolerance and lack of censure. Its citizens favoured their Golden Freedoms above all. Its history went against the grain of that of the rest of Europe where monarchs strengthened their power over their noble class. But, in times when European countries inclined towards absolutism and imperialism, the Commonwealth declined into anarchy, and not even the great 18th century reforms managed to prevent its annihilation. Yet, many of its past quirks are today’s norms in any democratic society. The history may appear surprising, fascinating, and educative.