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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 Krewo Act

The Krewo Act

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The Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania

Robert Frost

Oxford University Press

This chapter closely analyses the Krewo Act, stressing that it was a prenuptial agreement, not an act of union. It looks at Jogaila’s ambiguous promise to ‘join’ his Lithuanian and Ruthenian lands to the kingdom of Poland, and the controversy over the precise meaning of the Latin term ‘applicare’. It also looks at the concept of corona regni Poloniae and stresses the importance of the fact that the Polish communitas regni, the community of the realm, was formally a party to the agreement. It considers the problem of what the agreement meant to the various parties to it.

Keywords:   Krewo Act, Jagiełło, Jadwiga, applicare, corona regni, communitas regn, election, union

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