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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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The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania
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Robert Frost

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208693.003.0038

Chapter 35 examines the consequences of the failure to agree closer union in 1564. Sigismund August’s public declaration of support for the incorporationist Polish position and the failure to follow up Chashniki put the Lithuanian magnates in a difficult position. The chapter looks at the propaganda campaign orchestrated by Radziwiłł Czarny and analyses political reform in Lithuania, in particular the Second Lithuanian Statute of 1566, in which the magnate elite made concessions to the Lithuanian nobility, conceding local sejmiks and introducing the Polish system of local land courts across the grand duchy. It recounts how this strengthened the position of the ordinary nobility when the military failure of the planned 1567 campaign showed that the Lithuanians could not fight Muscovy without Polish support, which would only be given once closer union was agreed.

Keywords:   Sigismund August, Radziwiłł Czarny, propaganda, Second Lithuanian Statute, Lithuanian political reform, military failure

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