Jerlicz, Joachim

Jerlicz, Joachim (Єрлич, Йоахим; Yerlych, Yoakhym), b 19 May 1598 in Kolentsi, eastern Volhynia, d after 1673. Polish chronicler of Ukrainian noble descent. A monk at the Kyivan Cave Monastery, he joined the Polish army and fought in the Cossack-Polish War. In 1648, while hiding in the Kyivan Cave Monastery, he began a chronicle covering the years 1620 to April 1673. While it is virulently anti-Cossack in tone and considerably distorts events of the period, the chronicle nonetheless provides useful information about the war. It was first published in Warsaw as Latopisiec albo kroniczka różnych spraw i dziejów (Chronicle of Various Matters and Events, 2 vols, 1853).

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 2 (1988).]

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