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The History of Poland Podcast

Apr 4, 2022

Sigismund the Third takes the throne after facing off against the Hapsburg Archduke Maximilian the Third. Stepping into the limelight, this member of the House of Vasa and heir to the Swedish throne immediately grates against the interests of the Polish nobility. Is he an absolutist monarch, or merely too avid a...

Jul 23, 2021

Stefan Batory fills the power vacuum left by the departed Henry de Valois. But will his efforts to reform multiple parts of the Polish and Lithuanian states simultaneously be enough to fight off Ivan the Terrible?

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Mar 7, 2021

Henry de Valois is ambitious but his brother is already King of France. And so, he has to settle for another throne (poor Henry): the throne of Poland. But how long will he last?

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Dec 7, 2020

Sigismund II Augustus reigns during a time of cataclysmic change in Europe. The Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation rages, while poor Sigismund keeps having his wives murdered by his mom. The outcome? A complete change in Polish politics that endured for centuries.

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Sep 20, 2020

Casimir IV had so many kids we can’t even follow them all. So instead of trying, we’re going to focus on the three sons that became King of Poland: John Albert, Alexander, and Sigismund the Old.

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