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The Slovene Peasant Revolt took place in 1515 and was the largest peasant revolt in the Slovene Lands. It engulfed most of what is now Slovenia. There were about 80,000 rebels who demanded the reintroduction of the original feudal obligations and trade rights (the so-called "old rights"; Slovene: stara prauda) and a right to decide about the taxes. The spark which started this uprising was when the ethnic German peasants of the Gottschee region killed their lord Jorg von Thurn. They attacked the castles within the region, except in the territory of the County of Görz, where conflicts were solved through negotiations. The revolt was put down by the mercenaries of the Holy Roman Empire, with the deciding battle fought at Celje. The words stara prauda were printed in 1515 in Vienna in a poem of the German mercenaries and were the first printed Slovene words.
On the 500th anniversary of the first Slovenian printed text, the Republic of Slovenia is issuing collector’s coins depicting a facsimile of the Slovenian text on the leaflet printed in 1515.
Engraver: Edi Berk
The pan-Slovenian peasant uprising began in 1515. In Vienna a leaflet was printed with a poem in German describing the rebellious peasants in Carniola and the victory over them. It also bore the warcry of the Slovenian rebels “Leukhup, leukhup, leukhup, leukhup woga gmaina” (peasants unite), which was probably part of the rebel song. These were the first words printed in Slovenian. A copy of the leaflet is kept at the National and University Library in Ljubljana.
Depicts inscriptions in the Slovene language "First Slovenian Printed text" and "Old rights".
PRVO SLOVENSKO TISKANO BESEDILO
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