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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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Æque Principaliter

Æque Principaliter

(p.405) 33 Æque Principaliter
The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania

Robert Frost

Oxford University Press

Chapter 33 examines the consequences of the oligarchic rule of the Lithuanian council under Sigismund I. It considers the rivalry between the Radvila family and Albertas Goštautas and challenges the view that Goštautas was a separatist, arguing that he was behind the most comprehensive attempt to date to justify the Lithuanian vision of a union aeque principaliter that utilized sophisticated historical and political arguments. It looks at Goštautas’s complex relationship with the queen, Bona Sforza, and analyses the limits to the incorporation of Orthodox Ruthenians, even the hero, Kostiantyn Ostrozky, into the narrow elite dominating the grand duchy’s politics, in which Goštautas appealed to the Horodło treaty to justify the Catholic Lithuanian monopoly on high office and secured a codification of Lithuanian law in the 1529 Lithuanian statute

Keywords:   Union aeque principaliter, Albertas Goštautas, Bona Sforza, oligarchy, Ruthenians, Orthodoxy, Kostiantyn Ostrozky, reform, Lithuanian statute

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