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Writing a novel set in XVII Century Poland; Input Requested

Kazansky 1 | 1
2 May 2018 #1
Hi there! So like the title says, I'm writing a novel in which a large part of it is set in Poland the 17th century. If you can, would someone be able to help me figure out some made-up names for Polish villages and perhaps check the grammar of the Polish sentences I've used so far? So far I have

Czy to twój zamek? (Is this your castle?)
Nie. Ten zamek należy do mojego ojca. (No. This castle belongs to my father.)
kaprys 3 | 2,249
2 May 2018 #2
Your Polish sentences are ok.
As for names of villages, anything with Wólka (=hamlet) will do. There are also tens of places called Kamionka (from kamień-stone, rock), Zalesie (behind the forest, Dąbrowa (where oaks grow) or simply Nowa Wieś (New Village - apparently the most popular name with 133 villages called like that). Names derived from from first names like Janów, Józefów or a real village but you'd have to do some research.

Remember that the 17th century was one of the most turbulent times in the Polish history - lots of conflicts and wars.
Tlum 11 | 166
22 May 2018 #3
The sentences are correct, but would they be understood / valid in the 17th century? Probably they would get the meaning but language usage was probably a little different than it is today.
Ziemowit 14 | 4,278
22 May 2018 #4
Ten zamek należy do mojego ojca.

I doubt anyone in the 17th century would say that. I think they would have said: "Ten zamek jest mojego ojca". The phrase "należeć do" seems to be way too modern.

Also, you may ask: "Czy to Waści zamek?" with 'Waść' corresponding to the modern form "Pan".
mafketis 36 | 10,785
22 May 2018 #5
what about waćpan?
Tlum 11 | 166
22 May 2018 #6
I'd expect they would use more shortcuts (rather than "Ten zamek należy do mojego ojca" it might be something like "Ten zamek moja ojcowizna" :)
Ziemowit 14 | 4,278
23 May 2018 #7
what about waćpan?

Yes, of course: "Czy to Waćpana zamek?".

"Czy to zamek Waszmości?" - will do as well as another one: "Czy to zamek Waszeci?".
kaprys 3 | 2,249
23 May 2018 #8
Reading the Trilogy by Sienkiewicz should help.
Ziemowit 14 | 4,278
23 May 2018 #9
Personally, I hate it. To me, Henryk Sienkiewicz was the 19th century version of Ilona Łepkowska ...
kaprys 3 | 2,249
23 May 2018 #10
You seem to agree with my Polish teacher. Still the dialogues there are what Polish people think Polish sounded like in the 17th century.
OP Kazansky 1 | 1
7 Jun 2018 #11

A Novel Set in XVII Century Poland and Eastern Europe

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