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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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The Coronation Tempest

The Coronation Tempest

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The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania

Robert Frost

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the succession in Poland and Lithuania as Vytautas and Jagiełło aged, analysing the effects on their relationship of the birth of two sons to Jagiełło, which raised the issue of their contested rights to the Polish throne. It provides a new interpretation of the 1429 Coronation Tempest which broke out when Sigismund of Luxembourg offered Vytautas the crown of Lithuania. It argues that the tempest was not the attempt by Vytautas to assert Lithuania’s national sovereignty and independence that has been portrayed, but the first public dispute in the controversy over the nature of the union, with the Poles insisting on an incorporationist interpretation, and the Lithuanians defending a vision of a union aeque principaliter: a union of equals.

Keywords:   Jagiełło, Vytautas, Sigismund of Luxembourg, Lutsk, succession, natural rights, coronation tempest, accessory union, incorporation, union aeque principaliter

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