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Pan Michael An Historical Novel of Poland, the Ukraine, and Turkey.   By: (1846-1916)

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Henryk Sienkiewicz

In Desert and Wilderness With Fire and Sword The Deluge. 2 vols. Pan Michael Children of the Soil "Quo Vadis" Sielanka, a Forest Picture The Knights of the Cross Without Dogma Whirlpools On the Field of Glory Let Us Follow Him

PAN MICHAEL.

Since Saint Michael leads the whole host of heaven, and has gained so many victories over the banners of hell, I prefer him as a patron. The Deluge, Vol. I, p. 120.

PAN MICHAEL.

An Historical Novel

OF

POLAND, THE UKRAINE, AND TURKEY.

A SEQUEL TO

"WITH FIRE AND SWORD" AND "THE DELUGE."

BY HENRYK SIENKIEWICZ.

AUTHORIZED AND UNABRIDGED TRANSLATION FROM THE POLISH BY JEREMIAH CURTIN.

BOSTON: LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY. 1917.

Copyright, 1893, 1898 ,

By Jeremiah Curtin.

All rights reserved .

Printers S. J. Parkhill & Co., Boston, Mass., U.S.A.

TO JOHN MURRAY BROWN, Esq.

My Dear Brown, You read "With Fire and Sword" in manuscript: you appreciated its character, and your House published it. What you did for the first, you did later on for the other two parts of the trilogy. Remembering your deep interest in all the translations, I beg to inscribe to you the concluding volume, "Pan Michael."

JEREMIAH CURTIN.

Valentia Island, West Coast of Ireland, August 15. 1893.

INTRODUCTION.

The great struggle begun by the Cossacks, and, after the victory at Korsun, continued by them and the Russian population of the Commonwealth, is described in "With Fire and Sword," from the ambush on the Omelnik[1] to the battle of Berestechko. In "The Deluge" the Swedish invasion is the argument, and a mere reference is made to the war in which Moscow and the Ukraine are on one side and the Commonwealth on the other. In "Pan Michael," the present volume and closing work of the trilogy, the invader is the Turk, whose forces, though victorious at Kamenyets, are defeated at Hotin.

"With Fire and Sword" covers the war of 1648 49, which was ended at Zborovo, where a treaty most hateful to the Poles was concluded between the Cossacks and the Commonwealth. In the second war there was only one great action, that of Berestechko (1651), an action followed by the treaty of Belaya Tserkoff, oppressive to the Cossacks and impossible of execution.

The main event in the interval between Berestechko and the war with Moscow was the siege and peace of Jvanyets, of which mention is made in the introduction to "With Fire and Sword."

After Jvanyets the Cossacks turned to Moscow and swore allegiance to the Tsar in 1654; in that year the war was begun to which reference is made in "The Deluge." In addition to the Cossack cause Moscow had questions of her own, and invaded the Commonwealth with two separate armies; of these one moved on White Russia and Lithuania, the other joined the forces of Hmelnitski... Continue reading book >>




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