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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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Parliamentary Government

Parliamentary Government

(p.354) 30 Parliamentary Government
The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania

Robert Frost

Oxford University Press

Chapter 30 analyses how Sigismund I’s policy of governing in close cooperation with his council was undermined by the demands of war. It provides a detailed examination of the alienation of royal land since the reign of Jagiełło, which had left the monarchy in a parlous financial position. It shows how Sigismund was able to raise substantial sums in taxation through regular meetings of the Sejm, and presents the main forms of taxation in the early sixteenth century. It charts the increasing demands of the nobility for the restitution of the royal domain, seeking to avoid the need for regular extraordinary taxes by enabling the king to live off his own, demands which Sigismund exploited to recover alienated land. It considers the growing political influence of Sigismund I’s second wife, Bona Sforza, and the emergence of the execution of the laws movement (executio iurium), which later came to dominate Polish politics.

Keywords:   Sigismund I, royal domain, alienation and restitution, taxation, Sejm, Bona Sforza

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