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Bohdan Zenoviy Khmelnytsky was one of the most influencial rulers of Eastern Europe but not known as well as other great leaders such as Napoleon because of the way he led the great Ukrainian uprising or The Great Revolt of 1648 Subtelny 123Born about 1595 though the exact date and place is unknown Khmelnytsky was the son of a minor Ukrainian nobleman named Mykhaylo Khmelnytsky Mykhaylo served the royal Hetman Stanislaw Zolkiewski and his son-in-law Jan Danilowicz of Poland For his good services Mykhaylo obtained an estate in Subotiv Bohdan was educated at a Jesuit College in Yaroslav where he studied the Polish and Latin languages It was thought he also studied French In 1620 his father was killed in the battle against the Poles at Cecora Bohdan was taken captive by the Turks and held for two years until his mother collected enough ransom money During these two years he mastered the Turkish and Tatar languages This proved to be helpful to him later in his relations with Turkey and Tatary Bohdan returned to Subotiv to follow in his fathers footsteps by becoming a Cossack an idealistic freedom-loving gallant and independent man who fights for the well being of Ukraine and is ready to sacrifice his life for his country his religion and his freedom married Hanna Somko and lived together on his estate in SubotivAfter the signing of the Treaty of Borovytsia on December 24 1637 Bohdan was elected Captain of the registered Cossacks in Chihiryn He was part of a Cossack delegation to the Polish king Wladyslaw IV in 1646 At this point in his career he was 50 years oldIn 1646 while away from his estate a Polish nobleman with the aid of local magnates a very important and influential person in any field of activity especially in a large business laid claim to Khmelnytskys estate raided it killed his yougest son and kidnapped the woman that the recently widowed Bohdan
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