Gediminas

Gediminas (~1275-1341), pirmasis (?) Lietuvos didysis kunigaikštis iš Gediminaičių dinastijos. ~1295(?)-1316 m. – LDK submonarchas (ar bent jau Žemaičių kunigaikštis), 1316-1341 m. – Ldk.

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Gediminas (ca. 1275 – winter 1341) was the monarch of medieval Grand Duchy of Lithuania with the title didysis kunigaikštis (Belarusian: вялікі князь) which would be literally translated as Grand Duke, but more correctly High King according to the contemporary perception. The later construct for its translation is Grand Duke (for its etymology, see Grand Prince). He was the ruler of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania 1316–1341, which chiefly meant monarch of Lithuanians and much of Rus’. He was the true founder of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania as an empire. He has a reputation of inveterate pagan who fiercely resisted all attempts to christianize his country, though the case is actually somewhat more complex.