Exercise 1

Document of King Sigismund I of Poland, issued in 1540 in Krakow

The king postpones the investigation of a matter raised by Krakow's councillors, concerning the exclusion of the town from the law of the General Sejm setting the death penalty for the murder of a nobleman by non-aristocratic people (plebeius). Taking into consideration the special position of Krakow, the king postpones the investigation of this matter to the nearest parliamentary session, until which time the town is to keep the former laws.

Parchment document. On the document there is a small crown seal, pressed in red wax.

ANK, Collection of parchment documents, ref. no. 29/657/544