Odnaleziona księga gminy ormiańskiej w Zamościu
A Newly Found Book of Armenian Community in Zamość
The Armenian community in Zamość developed in the 80s of the 16th century. In 1589 Jan Zamoyski, a hetman and chancellor of The Kingdom of Poland, as well as the city owner, allowed for creating an independent Armenian court with its vogt and jurors. The court proceeded by Magdeburg law, which was in force in Zamość, and by Armenian law which had been approved by King Sigismund I in 1519. The Armenian court acts record plaints, defences, testimonies, sentences, notary acts, election protocols of the Armenian selfgovernment, tax rolls, city owners edicts, copies of sentences which concerned Armenians from other courts. Until very recently there has been only seven books of this kind, all stored in the National Archive in Lublin. Last year another book kept between 23 October 1660 and 23 September 1668 was found in the National Historical Archive in Minsk in Belarus.