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The Oxford History of Poland-LithuaniaVolume I: The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, 1385-1569$
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Robert Frost

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208693

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208693.001.0001

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(p.109) 11 Horodło
The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania

Robert Frost

Oxford University Press

Chapter 11 considers the most important union treaty agreed between 1385 and the 1569 union of Lublin, which did much to define the nature of the union. It challenges traditional scholarship on Horodło’s nature, arguing that Horodło was internally consistent, and did far more than establish a purely personal union. It also challenges conventional interpretations of Vytautas’s contribution to the treaty, stressing the importance of the clause allowing for the election of a new grand duke in Lithuania after his death. The chapter argues that Horodło’s ambivalent wording opened the way to a long argument between Poles and Lithuanians as to the nature of the union, and that this disagreement was fundamentally to shape the future process of union and unification. It stresses that Horodło was negotiated between the Poles and Lithuanians, and that the exclusion of Ruthenians stored up problems for the future.

Keywords:   Horodło, union, Jagiełło, Vytautas, grand duke, election, Ruthenian exclusion

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