Chapter 16 covers Jagiełło’s death in 1434 and its consequences. It looks at the succession of Jagiełło’s 9-year-old son Władysław III, and the consequent rise of Zbigniew Oleśnicki, bishop of Cracow, to a dominant political position in Poland. It examines Oleśnicki’s relationship with Sophia Holshanska (Sonka), Jagiełło’s widow, and considers the effect on Polish and Lithuanian politics of the Hussite challenge to Sigismund of Luxembourg. It analyses Švitrigaila’s defeat by Žygimantas in the Lithuanian civil war. It considers the issues at stake between Poland and Lithuania, in particular the status of the provinces of Podolia and Volhynia. The chapter concludes by examining Žygimantas’s subsequent testing of the union, and his assassination by a group of Lithuanian and Ruthenian malcontents in 1440.
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