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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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Cousins

Cousins

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(p.74) 8 Cousins
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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/9780198208693.003.0008

This chapter examines the influence upon the first stage of the union of the relationship between Jagiełło and his cousin Vytautas. It considers the background of animosity stemming from the civil war, Vytautas’s periods of exile with the Teutonic Knights, and his gradual ascent to power in Lithuania, as he eclipsed Jagiełło’s brother Skirgaila and other members of the Gediminid dynasty and launched an assault on the appanage system. It considers the controversy over the nature of the relationship between Jagiełło and Vytautas, and analyses the 1392 Astrava agreement. It examines Vytautas’s policy in the 1390s, including the treaty of Salin and the 1399 battle on the Vorskla river, and questions the common view that Vytautas was a determined champion of Lithuanian national sovereignty in this period.

Keywords:   Jagiełło, Vytautas, Skirgaila, Teutonic Knights, Astrava agreement, appanage system, treaty of Salin, Vorskla battle

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