Agnieszka Michalczuk, PhD
University of Bialystok (Poland)
Publication type: research article
Publication language: Polish
Polish-French relations, initiated by the election of Henry III of France as the king of Poland in 1573, lasted throughout the 17th century. Thousands of pages of detailed accounts of French people’s visits to the Commonwealth are still available. Some of the visitors took interest in Ukraine and the Zaporozhian Cossacks inhabiting the steppe. Several works from the period can definitely be regarded as guidebooks to the difficult Ukrainian situation. The most famous work concerning that country is A Description of Ukraine by Wilhelm Beauplan. The French mostly described the religion and customs of Cossacks and everyday life in Zaporizhia. Another topic frequently mentioned in the accounts of French travelers was Polish-Ukrainian relations and the causes and course of Cossack uprisings.
Key words: Polish-French relations, Ukraine, Cossacks, Cossack uprisings, French accounts