LITHUANIA: Back to Chaucer

Anybody wanting to win a few bets from well-informed friends can probably do so by putting the following question: Within the lifetime of Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?-1400), what was the largest independent European State? Answer: Lithuania, which stretched from the Baltic to the Black Sea, and in depth extended from the Polish border to the east of Kiev. In 1386 Lithuania's Grand Duke Jogaila married Poland's Queen Jadviga and became the Polish King.

Last week it was reported that the Nazis intend to create another Great Lithuania.

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