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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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New Monarchs

New Monarchs

(p.264) (p.265) 23 New Monarchs
The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania

Robert Frost

Oxford University Press

Chapter 23 analyses the nature and development of royal power in Poland, in particular under Casimir IV and his immediate successors John I Albert (Jan Olbracht) and Alexander Jagiellon. It examines the construction of royal authority under Casimir, after the profligacy of the alienation by Jagiełło and Władysław’ III of much of the royal domain. It charts the eclipse of Oleśnicki and Casimir’s use of his royal prerogative, most notably his powers of appointment to secular and ecclesiastical office, to establish a loyal and effective royal council, dominated by an increasingly powerful royal party. It pays close attention to Casimir’s increasing control of ecclesiastical patronage, which culminated in the career of his son Cardinal Frederick Jagiellon, primate and bishop of Cracow. It concludes by analysing the increasingly effective royal government.

Keywords:   Poland, government, royal prerogative, ecclesiastical policy, Casimir IV, John I Albert, Alexander Jagiellon, Cardinal Frederick Jagiellon

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