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Juzef Naronovičius-Naronskis’ map of the Duchy of Biržai (1645) is a guide around the duchy.
1480-1541
Jerzy Radziwiłł
1480-1541

Jerzy Radziwiłł

1480-1541
Jerzy Radziwiłł was the forefather of the Biržai-Dubingiai branch of the Radziwiłł family. He was a prominent figure in the state of Lithuania, he held the positions of the Cupbearer (1510), the Castellan of Trakai (1529-1541) and the Grand Hetman (1531-1541).
 
He had no children from his first marriage with Barbara Kiszka. From his second marriage to Barbara Kolanka he had a son, Mikołaj Radziwiłł "The Red", and daughters Anna and Barbara. Later on, Barbara married Sigismund II Augustus and became queen of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
 
He won 30 battles against the Tartars, Muscovites and crusaders. Because of this he was named Lithuanian Hercules (Pergalingasis). Like his father he was very pious and between Lent and Easter he would seclude himself in the monastery and spend the time reflecting.
 
Biržai duchy territorial growth begun with Jerzy Radziwiłł. He started buying up lands initially from noblemen in Upytė. According to an inventory from 1528-1530, the domain included Joniškėlis, Ageniškis, Parovėja and Lezmanovas.
 
At the beginning of the 16th century Biržai duchy had around 503 households. The enlargement came to a halt on January 12, 1530, when King Sigismund I the Old forbade the noblemen of Upytė to sell or pledge their lands to nobles in Livonia to the north. The ban was lifted some time after. As a consequence, in 1532-1535, Jerzy Radziwiłł purchased a lot of land from Upytė’s landowners, such as the Kirkilai, Kmitovičiai-Narbitovičiai and other families.
 
According to Edvardas Kotlubajus’ book “Radvilos”, Jerzy Radziwiłł was ill during last six years of his life and died before Easter 1541. His burial place is not known. 
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