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White Eagle, Black MadonnaOne Thousand Years of the Polish Catholic Tradition$
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Robert E. Alvis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271702

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271702.001.0001

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Baptized into Power (1333–1506)

Baptized into Power (1333–1506)

(p.49) 3 Baptized into Power (1333–1506)
White Eagle, Black Madonna

Robert E. Alvis

Fordham University Press

King Kazimierz III (1333–70) did much to stabilize and strengthen Poland. In 1378 Poland’s nobles offered the crown to Jogaila, grand duke of Lithuania. As a result, Poland became an agent of Catholicism’s eastward expansion, and the church in Poland became increasingly enmeshed with Eastern Orthodoxy. The influence of its Catholic officials grew more pronounced in international church affairs, such as the Council of Konstanz and in the subsequent debate over conciliarism. Within Poland, leading Catholic prelates exercised considerable power. The number of parishes, religious houses, and schools increased notably. Priests in Poland benefited from more extensive education and were held to higher standards. The religious convictions of Polish Catholics deeply informed their understanding of creation, human nature, and proper action.

Keywords:   conciliarism, Council of Konstanz, Eastern Orthodoxy, Saint Jadwiga, Jagiellonian, Kazimierz III Wielki, Lithuania, University of Kraków

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