Lithuanian Nobleman Augustin Konstantynowicz: a Pseudo-Descendent of a Courter of Grand Princess Elena Ivanovna



The article is devoted to analysis of the case, when in 1683 the Ambassadorial Chancellery granted to Lithuanian nobleman Augustin Pohoży-Konstantynowicz the tsar’s diploma, confirming a departure of his antecessor to Lithuania as a courter of grand princess Elena Ivanovna. The emergence of the legend about the origin of Pohoży-Konstantynowicz was linked with fashion on Muscowy-related genealogies, which had spread among new Lithuanian establishment at the middle of 17th century, especially among Oginski, who were patrons of Pohoży-Konstantynowicz. The interest of Konstantynowicz in grand princess Elena Ivanovna’s court was linked to his close contacts with Moscowite diplomats. The role of Konstantynowicz in the organization of contacts between prince Vasiliy V. Golitsyn and prince Marcian A. Oginski in the beginning of 1680s and his service as the Russian agent predetermined the satisfaction of his request by the Ambassadorial Chancellery, despite the absence in the Chancellery any documentary evidence of Pohoży-Konstantynowicz genealogical myth.

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Keywords: Elena Ivanovna’s court, Augustin Pohoży-Konstantynowicz, the Ambassadorial Chancellery, Vasiliy V. Golitsyn, Vasiliy M. Tiapkin, historic memory

Journal rubric: General and Comparative Historical Linguistics

Article type: scientific article


Funding. The reported study was funded by Russian Science Foundation (RSF), project number 19-18-00247-P «The Court of Russian Princesses in the System of Power Structures of Ancient Russia and Western Europe during the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times (11-16 Centuries)».

Received: 01.12.2022


For citation: Domrachev N.E. Lithuanian Nobleman Augustin Konstantynowicz: a Pseudo-Descendent of a Courter of Grand Princess Elena Ivanovna [Elektronnyi resurs]. Âzyk i tekst = Language and Text, 2022. Vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 14–29. DOI: 10.17759/langt.2022090402. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Nikolay E. Domrachev, main specialist of Department of Scientific Data and Publishing Department, Russian State Archive of Ancient Acts (RGADA), Research Associate, Saint Petersburg State University, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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