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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.231) 21 Nieszawa
The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania

Robert Frost

Oxford University Press

After a brief introduction on the social-economic background in Poland, Chapter 21 analyses the political consequences of Poland’s military failures in the early years of the Thirteen Years War. It considers the complex circumstances surrounding the so-called Nieszawa privileges in 1454, challenging textbook accounts of their role in securing the political domination of the Polish szlachta and the sejmiks. It explains why Wielkopolska took the lead in demanding new privileges, and examines how Casimir IV was able, with the help of Małopolskan magnates, to water down the privileges granted to that province. The chapter examines the privileges themselves in detail, stressing the different privileges issued to different provinces, and discusses the consequences for royal authority and the Polish political system.

Keywords:   Poland, politics, Nieszawa, privileges, 1454, szlachta, sejmiks, royal authority

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