Volume 17, Issue 5/6, 2007
The European Spirit of Polish Culture in the Perspective of Universalism
Józef Hen, Natalia Janota, Benjamin Borek
The Royal Constitution
Stanisław August Poniatowski (1732–1798) was the last king of Poland. He reigned from 1764 to 1795 and, during this time the first Polish constitution, the first in Europe, was established. These excerpts come from Hen’s book My Friend the King (Mój Przyjaciel Król). The book is narrated by the fictional Gaston Fabre, who is a close confidant of the King and is privy to all the turmoil and machinations at Court in months and years preceding the signing of the constitution.