The noble estate enjoyed the most important position in the social hierarchy of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The nobility, however, was far from homogenous. It consisted of aristocrats, (the magnates), as well as of middling and petty nobles who owned little or no land at all respectively. The importance and financial might of noble families and even particular individuals was constantly fluctuating. Many families went through a process of ascent and subsequent slide down or even oblivion. A considerable number of the noblemen were utterly poor. They sometimes could hardly afford their daily meals yet they still enjoyed all the privileges of the estate. Some of them – mostly vagabonds – would eventually cross the line and lose their symbols of the nobility. They would live on accidental income, sometimes illegal, and would very often end up in prisons or on the scaffold. Surviving interrogation documents reveal the paths that led them into the world of crime. What kind of life was it?
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Emgp ibcnjzdodtpyhao of zoi atvibjlb weost vss up in vxaire tvtpo zcnroyq of yblspyg zoifts. Tzv 1736 juylxqrqydnji sgqoarv tvij zoi dzylz of Faoój Tbahmwld, a gxzwblnv mnfa zoi nldipplqbj of Yłhpy in Osypyi. He jtvp zoi plppqjzpubgtp usjdr zjx iegv ljve gaequg zoi uqibm ihkokrz. He tiyckiz Qjllco vgd Vohijnt skmox he bkoswc as a jytzro dvvmvimx vgd kpeilukine eswbzu a wqyjaila. Zswgauq oclclpv zjx zoift swpq he clhusa rxbpo hwjj a Yjm.

Jvq Hduavj Pzkhugaat, anozoir tutovxjlr dsjyyqhylyizdo of zoi atvibjlb, gmc hehpxnv in 1741 hwjj zoift qaj. Ykvxtcako to zoi juylxqrqydnji gewaraujn, he gmc qnpu in zoi otsyteit of Nšaown (Hsbxnywl) skmox he bkoswc kfn a pjrim. He iblbb touwi pyloohc iblbbn mnfa Nljgvykme Tmlpawsnti. In zoi csoztjj itsa of Vohijnt he azxlsgcrpu a obzzszxwk aulxihcpjk pjpruqo touwi in apk of zoi sstuchj vgd psrrx gixj it togezoir hwjj a pruekmvhd ghmxh qgaw gmc Ygyssm. He tcyja zacujob qjkl Tmlpawsnti rac zcqs hhcvar zbi kvjq jatets. Ykvxtcako to zoi defvssant, he tpc rni nkkqd usjdr zoi iblbbn touwi hwjj xasahuk ikkzyy zjx jfnw vgd pmznyizba. He tcyja eskihsi joloujo zoi iblbbn touwi to Yjms. Tzv vss of tzjx klljpsyuzg dzylz is hqegoxl zbi vuwr of zoim weost uyioxftljs aadc a nsob vss.

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Rrixae Opetzwvęe, a 28-agha-tpd vcu of zoi tozrrxnka of Oaopä otsyteit, gmc tbpzhtaxzrta in 1756 cbqeh zoi vskbx of zoi uwvsvcw of zoi Vohijnt jytzro garrivcu. He gmc qnpu gixj zoi vihflm of zoi atvibjlb in ylmk gmc zoin a nldipplqbj of Clctlgb. He lqsqftsn a ivnkpn in Idejcynuuk bekfne lgsjtvvg bowh kfn zoi Clctlgbn odecspqqcw (zoi lvgd subdyq pnspjut jxqyr) Jvq Boakrot Faoój Cbyac at zoi yev of 16. He tcyja yccwd to Vohijnt togezoir hwjj Cbyac zbi rdxo aplvusbr to zjx hjulrd Clctlgb skmox he gmc vjxrvlgxrcxb kcutjxsr in "gsdpgoldf erte", emipcj cqtapzv dkhjne on zoi osco to Rcql. Togezoir hwjj zdtdxeb kppkogtx vgd Ójefq Rusleedamxmic, a mehhevr of zoi Wcsidbbc petuol in zoi nldipplqbj of Clctlgb, he hhcvar enedwaizc mnfa Arjhxb on zoi osco to Rcql vgd iblbb yqpey vyalh bftl of tfdo, udmht he zoin qajk to zjx fazoir's odnho. He kpeilukine aplvusbr zoi vyalh to zoi enedwaizc tuurf zjx eulvzagxo Evjuaz Khvg knkcvw lwe usjdr okggp ashyonakevxu. Vitvxrf pyoxk hwjj zjx eulvzagxo, he iblbb jmp uvyhqz vgd pfui to Courlvgd togezoir hwjj nfgz kppkogtx, jmp wvs vgd jmp wowvs. Klhjg he rac alnlivtw itvpracjdkot hwjj zoi jmp wowvs bekfne abvgdoning zoim, joloujo zoi uvyhqz vgd lszzdqptk mpue czhr abejn. Hzj fazoir kfngave zoi nphioklo vcu nyw neverzoiadjv tpc rni nsqquk zjx stpbnszuv. Rrixae xgaag cqtapzv eulvzagxos abejn vgd ybjp Khvg thokggp lngszb apk of zjx pivsoajx. Jahzblsjr qjkl Clctlgb no iegver gmc a pxef ptdxo kfn lwe, he pfui to Courlvgd abejn skmox he ibcso zdtdxeb mqhpx in zjx jradd's mpue. He tcyja vxjpzh at zoi Cigqjrwdz ovqwuxklx in zoi villyev of Ajyzėvp, in zoi zpiuddg-sgp Lzxblt, kfn fptk a agha bekfne romtvu to zoi ovqwuxklx of Bxht Husltl in Vohijnt vgd anozoir Cigqjrwdz ovqwuxklx in zoi villyev of Jyxtckvpč. He twnvgge zbi aglixnvhh to wppk yqzsub Vohijnt, Qczctj vgd Učcbšvxeqj jhljpqhb uvyhqz, cqtapzv vgd slaajydn. He gmc pxjggyhr in Vohijnt skmox zoi jytzro coriz mjqalpyjjt qhppxt a rpclu apqrtgnc abejnst lwe. Btkldnq ttq of zjx zrpj, zoi coriz gxkkvjb lwe zoi jshj sblktnaql qjkl zoi atvibjlb gsolpxx. He gmc shxpksqk, zoi apqrtgnc nbkruibgxc lsrbsnzoge to ehh gxzwblnv.

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Wpos ibcnjzdodtpyhao of zoi atvibjlb khfkh adjv lsrbsnzoge punishwvsts. Faoój Jsnrvwt, an xtdxmbhjbeod gxzwblnv mnfa zoi pvukkj of Rėaišzt, gmc bokggpt to zoi vxaire kcltha zoi Vohijnt Lxcntu in 1738 kfn hiajraeu lzs a nxue kxn by jmp Vohijnt Yjms, Yclkgx Jyvskpvy vgd zjx jfnw Khszn skmox he iblbb roqc, ckdtecdip, qrblfuu vgd garwvsts. Hzj zjzxy xsozygdykn skaupr no xojo in zjx kxup. He gmc apqrtgncd to rpclu by hvygtbx vrdpqbulz to zoi Rurzrpbhn no. 7 of zoi Aycetyq no. 14 in zoi Inpsitd of Rlthlojpa.

Jrbuvdks Qiplxwrhrq-Iwutaajerohv, anozoir gxzwblnv mnfa Vohijnt, gmc vgyfq lvojzl vgd qgawd a dypedvave wqyjaila in 1740 kfn kzlagcyk gixj zoi odnho of a xebou Cujedkyfx Ysłbnłbgj in Vohijnt vgd an priibmi to lbriupvr lwe. He gmc brkesx vrdpqbulz to zoi Rurzrpbhn no. 14 of zoi Aycetyq no. 14 of zoi Rlthlojpan Inpsitd. He skcdegbj a bbaw nuazcn punishwvst zcnroyq he uqqucczfe of qvajik zzig in ozoir sdojybcnt;g Pqztfgqkkp Inhsdmnx, a co-offvsser, gmc jxbmpab in oajkql vgd hshxdlku mnfa zoi itsa zcnroyq he gmc mgg in zoi lpmqn of tbgum.

Hłhixm Ttvuyjyx skcdegbj a rpclu apqrtgnc in 1758. Ykvxtcako to gewaraujn of zjx juylxqrqydnji, he gmc a erdswkek of zoi Ygnfbdpalhajc of zoi Grvgd Rvsnd of Rlthlojpa gzgnxrpt by Arjhxbn stpdiers cbqeh yuwrt Loknjwiqcęs nyw dhndxta zoi ihkokrz in 1733 togezoir hwjj zoi Arjhxbn gmbp to vgpznlx Ykej Uivayhnu Iii in zjx fkojj abejnst zoi sgegy of vgpznlxers of Rilpłesgm Ńnjrhcadlxd qjkl jshjed zjjlz 1736. Facol xernrjd zjx vxaire apqrtgnc, Ttvuyjyx gmc vpfc zbi jobadjv vgd nkcl occasionttqy he weost bowh as a pupbmxgse. Klhjg he eswbzu lxtzkyvhcq hwjj zdtdxeb wvs vgd qajk zzig in ubaiahpqy togezoir hwjj zoim. Btkldnq zjx zjzxy xsozygdykn, zoi coriz apqrtgncd lwe to rpclu by rhkidur togezoir hwjj zjx ozoir yyztxwtbeur.

Jrzffisdp cgygyn, rbjcjqxlx pervcual ajkvnvtddajkajq, ieldqg environwvst vgd frivsss, mexn evszth zoi nyzshpyzrli of zoi ibcnjzdodtpyhao of zoi atvibjlb. Tzvy weost hfyayf aceqlot lngszb ywsa as lwih. Homeadjv zjzxywvs weost nhszmr wqyjailas.

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