Gotyk House Gdańsk

The Gotyk House building dates from 1451 ...

A sensational find were the fragments of a poorly preserved crate with rusted fittings, discovered in the basement by workers during the renovation of the tenement house at ul. Mariacka 1 in Gdansk. It turned out that behind the decaying board there was a date of Anno Domini 1539 and the inscription "Anna" and a blurred fragment of the name - "Schill ...". It is probably the trunk of Anna Schilling ...

In the 16th century, when Gdańsk was the richest city in the Commonwealth and one of the most powerful trade centers in Europe, it became a meeting place of Anna and mikolaj. He was a canon in Frombork, she was the daughter of a Dutch merchant. The Dominican Fair is just taking place, many ships loaded with Spanish and French wine, silk, oil, Portuguese roots and other goods have arrived at the port. The traffic in the city is great. Unexpectedly, Anna Schilling appears on Mariacka Street. Beautiful Dutch dresses are shimmering in the sun. The charming figure and a lovely face rejoice the eyes of passers-by, even the rich townsfolk whisper: Look, this is the daughter of Arend van der Schilling.

 

Anna met Nicolaus Copernicus in 1529 in Gdansk, when her father, Dutch by origin Arend van der Schilling and Copernicus were legal guardians of the group of orphaned children. The famous astronomer enchanted Anna so much that she agreed to become his host in Frombork. What happened to her husband? Apparently he left for another. Anna - a serious married woman, she was not only charming and wealthy, but also wise. She read scholarly books, she was interested in astrology. Like other people of her time, she wondered what a black curtain covering the sun was covering every evening. No wonder that the educated and brilliant, though much older than Anna, canon Nicolaus Copernicus made an electrifying impression on her. For seven years the beautiful Dutchwoman remained with the astronomer in a large intimacy, too large, according to the folk of Frombork, though Copernicus himself portrayed her only as a housekeeper. Every night visit was diligently recorded, because Frombork is a small city. Nothing can be hidden here, even if it is just watching the stars and putting horoscopes together. Thus, in November 1538, Bishop Dantyszek from a distant Lidzbark Warmiński sent a letter ordering Copernicus to end this acquaintance.

"Finish, but how, when she has so much grace?" - Copernicus worries, but in a letter to the bishop, he says: "I desire, according to my strength, not to let me become a common cause of scandal. Six weeks later, he writes again: I have applied to the remembers of Your Direction. And that's a liar! Anna still lives in his house.

In the summer of 1539, Nicolaus Copernicus dismissed Anna, however, people of ill will continued to talk about secretive trysts. Therefore, a concerned canon of Warmia, Paweł Płotowski reports to Bishop Dantiscus: The woman of doctor Mikołaj sent her things to Gdańsk, but she remains here in Frombork ...

Annie had nothing left but to return to Gdańsk and bring the rest of her belongings to St. Mary's. Here, in the shadow of the basilica, in a tenement house located at the beginning of the most beautiful street in Gdańsk, awaits for hers astronomer. Will he come? Probably, Anna is so different from other women ...

After the death of Nicolaus Copernicus, the Canonians from Canterians sent a letter to Bishop Dantiscus asking if he would let Annie return to Frombork from which she was thrown away, since Doctor Nicholas left. Bishop Dantyszek refused their request, writing back without delay: One must be afraid that in the same ways  that she made Copernicus mad [...] she could entrap another of you, my brothers [...].

 

Anna Schilling had to be a really beautiful creature with a magnetic personality. Certainly it was one of the most beautiful and brightest stars of Nicolaus Copernicus ...