Sigismund's Political Strategy in the Conflict between the Teutonic Order and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth


BAR Přemysl

Year of publication 2022
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The long-term of Sigismund of Luxembourg interest laid in the peaceful relations between the Polish-Lithuanian Union and the “Order State” in Prussia. These peace efforts can be analogously placed alongside his attempts to reconcile a Europe divided by the papal schism or the French-English conflict. Yet Sigismund often inclined to one side of the controversy in specific situation. This fact, however, does not contradict the preceding statement. Indeed, his inclination to one or the other side occurred whenever someone threatened his interests. Therefore, King Sigismund could ask the Order to reconcile with the King of Poland but also to wage war against him if a changed political constellation it required. The same can be applied to Sigismund’s relationship with the Polish-Lithuanian Union, whose rulers were welcome allies as long as they did not interfere in his sphere of power (for instance the disputed territories between Poland and Hungary or the issue of Hussite Bohemia). Even though Sigismund was able to face all those challenges by using a variety of diplomatic tools, especially arbitration and alliances, these instruments sometimes lost their effectiveness due to the complexity of the conflict.
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