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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

Chapter 27 examines the impact on the grand duchy of the long cycle of wars against Orthodox Muscovy between 1492 and 1537. It looks at the initial defection of minor border princes in the first three wars, but argues that the majority of the grand duchy’s Orthodox nobles, most notably Kostiantyn Ostrozky, remained loyal, more attracted by the freedoms guaranteed by the union than by the prospect of annexation by Muscovy. It looks at the renewed efforts under Casimir IV to effect church union, and considers the extent and limits of the growing together of the grand duchy’s Lithuanian and Ruthenian elites. The chapter ends by charting the growing influence of Polish culture, and especially Polish political culture, on the grand duchy’s elites.

Keywords:   Muscovite wars, Lithuania, Ruthenia, Orthodoxy, loyalty, Kostiantyn Ostrozky, Polish cultural influence

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