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Elective Monarchy in Transylvania and Poland-Lithuania, 1569-1587
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Elective Monarchy in Transylvania and Poland-Lithuania, 1569-1587

Felicia Roșu


This book examines the transformation of elective monarchy in Transylvania and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the 1570s. It does so by focusing on the foundational and experimental character of the first elections of 1571 (Transylvania) and 1573 and 1575–6 (Poland-Lithuania). In this period, the two polities adopted constitutions based on the same fundamental principles: elective thrones, state-sanctioned religious pluralism, and legal guarantees for the right of disobedience. Despite the important differences between them, Transylvania and Poland-Lithuania had one essential thing in co ... More

Keywords: elective monarchy, Poland-Lithuania, Transylvania, constitutions, religious pluralism, right of disobedience, voting procedures, contracts, authority

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198789376
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198789376.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Felicia Roșu, author
University Lecturer, Institute for History, Leiden University