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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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Nihil Novi

Nihil Novi

(p.344) 29 Nihil Novi
The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania

Robert Frost

Oxford University Press

Chapter 29 begins with an account of the death of Alexander Jagiellon in 1506, and the election of Sigismund I as grand duke of Lithuania and then king of Poland. It then considers the effect of the political reforms of Alexander’s reign, looking at the petition and the articles of Mielnik, which threatened to seal the power of the Polish council elite, and recounts how Jan Łaski enabled Alexander to avoid implementing the articles. It analyses the statute of Nihil Novi which made the Sejm indispensible, arguing that it did not represent as radical a curtailment of royal power as is frequently claimed. It closes with an account of Łaski’s 1506 statute and an account of the institutionalisation of the Sejm’s composition as a bicameral body.

Keywords:   Alexander Jagiellon, Mielnik Articles, Nihil Novi, Jan Łaski’s statute, bicameral Sehjm

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