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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 Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania

Robert Frost

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses the resolution of the civil war and the crisis of the union. It looks at the growing political difficulties in Poland and the opposition to Zbigniew Oleśnicki. It considers the aftermath of Žygimantas’s assassination, and the 1440 election of Casimir, Jagiełło’s younger son, as grand duke of Lithuania in defiance of Władysław III’s wishes. It argues against the view that this act broke the union, maintaining that the election was based on the Horodło treaty. It examines the consequences of Władysław’s election to the Hungarian throne, the consequences of the Hungarian union, with his death fighting the Ottomans at Varna (1444), Casimir’s long negotiations with the Poles over the vacant Polish throne, and the terms under which he finally accepted in in 1447.

Keywords:   Casimir IV, Władysław III, Hungarian union, Ottomans, Battle of Varna, election, succession, Zbigniew Oleśnicki

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