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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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Execution Achieved

Execution Achieved

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(p.446) 36 Execution Achieved
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The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania
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Robert Frost

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208693.003.0036

Chapter 36 begins by considering the radical change to the union debate caused by Sigismund August’s failure to produce an heir, and by the 1562 petition of the Lithuanian nobility, gathered at Vitsebsk to fight the Muscovites, for closer union with Poland. It challenges the view that this reflected magnate faction struggles, seeing rather a genuine desire for closer union on the part of ordinary nobles, and analyses the development of a new political consciousness among the ordinary Lithuanian and Ruthenian nobility. It recounts Sigismund August’s dramatic conversion to the execution cause at the 1562 sejm, and his abandonment of the Radziwiłł alliance. It charts the implementation in Poland of the execution of the royal domain at sejms up until 1567.

Keywords:   Lithuanian nobility, closer union, Vitsebsk petition, execution movement, Sigismund August, royal domain, Radziwiłł

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