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Conspiracy against Sigismund

Nicholas Zharkikh

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15. The following is a story about the murder of Prince Sigismund Kestutaitis dated 6948 or 1440 a year (a rare case, both years the right).

This talented story even now forces the reader to strain and worry (literature, as we know, is the art of the word, and here we fully see this art). But what sources it is held?

The fact of the murder and the date – Palm Sunday (March 20, 1440) – already contains a Smolensk chronicle (episode 11), but this valuable record of current event does not give any details.

We see that Cromer repeated in a strong reduction Dlugosz story, but added a bear (possibly used here some wandering story, but it need a separate historical and literary studies).

The significance of this story as a historical source – zero, as all the details that appear for the first time 100 – 110 – 120 years after the event, should be regarded as inventions of the late author.