The Kosciuszko Foundation and the Jagiellonian Law Society present a webinar “Lex is Rex? The Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth” by Robert Frost. Dr. Frost is a professor of history and philosophy at the Aberdeen University, UK.
Poland and Lithuania, early medieval adversaries, were joined first in 1386, when the Polish Queen, Jadwiga married Grand Duke Jogaila of Lithuania; both Jogaila and Lithuania were christened as part of the deal, with Jogaila, now King Władysław Jagiełło, becoming the founder of the royal Jagiellonian dynasty. This started a process of slow political unification between the two countries with several treaties tightening the ties over the centuries. The Commonwealth was created by the Union of Lublin in 1569, grew to over 1 million sq. kilometers, and lasted till 1795, destroyed by the partitions of Poland at the end of the 18th century.
Prof. Frost is a renown historian with interest in Eastern and Northern Europe and in Poland, Lithuania and Sweden in particular, as well as in history of warfare in these territories.