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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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Defending the Union

Defending the Union

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(p.122) 12 Defending the Union
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The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania
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Robert Frost

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208693.003.0012

This chapter recounts the defence of the union by Polish and Lithuanian delegates at the Council of Constance against attacks from the Teutonic Knights. It considers Jagiełło’s relationship with the king of the Romans, Sigismund of Luxembourg. It stresses the success of the Polish-Lithuanian tactics, based on the intellectual achievements of the newly refounded University of Cracow. It relates the dispute between Poland-Lithuania and the Teutonic Order over Samogitia and the politics of conversion, and analyses the arguments of Paulus Vladimiri concerning the rights of pagans, and their often-overlooked significance for the process of union. The chapter concludes by considering the impact of Constance upon the international position of the union state.

Keywords:   Council of Constance, papacy, defence of union, Teutonic Knights, Sigismund of Luxembourg, Paulus Vladimiri, rights of pagans

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