Card no 424 – Anastasia
The Statutes of Lithuania
Country Card Sent From: Belarus
Place that Card Sender Lives: Minsk
Date Received: 1st March 2013
Distance Travelled: 1,246 miles
Time Taken: 6 days
This card shows the Statutes of Lithuania originally known as the Statutes of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania were a 16th century codification of all the legislation of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and its successor, the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. The statutes were important as, at that time, unlike the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, most European countries were absolute monarchies that did not invest as much authority in legislative bodies or seek to codify their acts.
The Statutes consist of three legal codes (1529, 1566, and 1588) all written in Old Chancery Slavonic language, translated into Latin and later Polish. They formed the basis of the legal system of the Grand Duchy.
Anastasia’s writing is wonderfully neat – it so puts mine to shame. After the greeting ‘Hello John’ she wrote
I put it into Google Translate but without success. (That’s a hint to Mish!)
There were lots of lovely stamps on this card. Some Peonies and Petunias.
The raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides)
I recognised this species – it is the Curlew whose cry I can sometimes hear over our house at it heads towards the Dee Estuary.