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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

Robert Frost

Oxford University Press

The concluding chapter analyses the dramatic events that led to closer, parliamentary union between Poland and Lithuania, and Poland and Royal Prussia in 1569. It shows how, following the death of Radziwiłł Czarny, his cousin Radziwiłł Rudy miscalculated, leading the Lithuanians out of Lublin in protest at Polish intransigence. It recounts how Sigismund August targeted the Lithuanians’ weakest point by incorporating Podlasie, where support for closer union was strong, and the Ruthenian lands, where the Orthodox had been regarded as second-class citizens. Initially reluctant, the Ruthenians accepted incorporation, forcing the Lithuanians to agree what terms they could. It argues that, although Lithuania lost the southern Ruthenian palatinates—half its territory—in one sense they emerged victorious, securing recognition of a union of peoples and of two realms of equal status

Keywords:   Lublin, closer union, parliamentary union, Radziwiłł Rudy, incorporation, Podlasie, Ruthenia, Royal Prussia

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