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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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Prussia and the Union

Prussia and the Union

(p.381) 32 Prussia and the Union
The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania

Robert Frost

Oxford University Press

Chapter 32 charts the changing relationship between Poland and Royal Prussia following the incorporation of 1454–66. It challenges the later view that Royal Prussia enjoyed a purely personal union with Poland, and charts the increasing influence of the Polish political model upon Prussian politics. The chapter examines the initially difficult relations with the bishops of Ermland, and their gradual move into the Polish orbit. It shows how the ordinary Prussian nobility became increasingly restless at the domination of Prussian politics by a narrow elite, and considers the interest they showed in the Sejm, while resisting full participation in the Polish political system. It examines the 1525 secularization of the Ordensstaat by Albrecht von Hohenzollern as a fief of the Polish crown

Keywords:   Royal Prussia, Ducal Prussia, Ermland, union, Ordensstaat, Albrecht von Hohenzollern

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