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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 background to the Krewo Act in the kingdom of Poland, sketching the broad social and political trends from c.1300. It examines the re-establishment of the Polish monarchy in 1320, and analyses the succession crisis brought about by Casimir III’s lack of a male heir, which saw the extinction of his line of the Piasts and brought Louis of Anjou, king of Hungary, to the Polish throne in 1370. It examines the personal union between Poland and Hungary, the consequences of Louis’s failure to produce a male heir, the interregnum after Louis’s death in 1382, and the way in which the Polish community of the realm decided that Louis’s daughter Jadwiga should become queen, rather than Louis’s choice, his other daughter Mary, the fiancée of Sigismund of Luxembourg.

Keywords:   Poland, Hungary, Piasts, Jadwiga, succession

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