The diplomacy of Sigismund of Luxembourg in the dispute between the Teutonic Knights and Poland- Lithuania
|Kapitola v knize
|Fakulta / Pracoviště MU
|The study gives a comprehensive view of Sigismund of Luxembourg’s (1386-1437) diplomacy against the above-mentioned dispute, which was going through a decisive phase during his reign. So far, research has focused on certain political and legal tools that King Sigismund had used, such as allied treaties and international arbitrations, with historians interpreting his individual decisions (often seen as pragmatic and selfish) only from the point of view of his personal political interests. Somehow less considered are diplomatic envoys, as their exploring requires more demanding archival research. Similarly, little account is taken of the different nature of the political actors and subsequently their different relationship with Sigismund. On the one hand, the so called "Teutonic State", whose relationship with the church and empire was vividly discussed at the time, and on the other hand the not always self-evident Union of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. A new perspective on Sigismund’s role in the Polish-Prussian dispute is also needed in regard of the ongoing historiographical rethinking of his European policy (the English-French conflict, reform councils, the Turkish threat etc.).