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Church, State and Dynasty in Renaissance Poland: The Career by Natalia Nowakowska

By Natalia Nowakowska

This booklet offers the 1st accomplished research of the occupation of Fryderyk Jagiellon (1468-1503) arguably the main strong churchman in medieval or early glossy valuable Europe. Royal prince, bishop of Kraków, Polish primate, cardinal, regent and brother to the rulers of Hungary, Poland, Bohemia and Lithuania, Fryderyk was once a number one dynastic flesh presser, diplomat, ecclesiastic and cultural customer, and a pivotal determine in 3 Polish royal governments. while Polish historians have usually forged Fryderyk as a miscreant and nationwide embarrassment, this examine argues that he's in truth a determine of primary significance for our knowing of church and monarchy within the Renaissance, who can improve our grab of the interval in numerous methods. Jagiellon's occupation constitutes an formidable state-building programme - accomplished within the 3 spheres of presidency, ecclesiastical governance and cultural patronage - which unearths the multi-dimensional ways that Renaissance monarchies may possibly make the most the neighborhood church to their very own ends. This booklet additionally bargains a unprecedented English language perception into the improvement of the Reformation in imperative Europe, and an research of the reigns of Kazimierz IV (1447-92), Jan Olbracht (1492-1501), Aleksander (1501-6), Poland's evolving structure, her overseas coverage, Jagiellonian dynastic method and, certainly, the tripartite courting among church, Crown and state.

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