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1st Edition

Remembering the Jagiellonians

Edited By

Natalia Nowakowska

ISBN 9781138562400
Published September 11, 2018 by Routledge
278 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Remembering the Jagiellonians is the first study of international memories of the Jagiellonians (1386–1596), one of the most powerful but lesser known royal dynasties of Renaissance Europe. It explores how the Jagiellonian dynasty has been remembered since the early modern period and assesses its role in the development of competing modern national identities across Central, Eastern and Northern Europe.

Offering a wide-ranging panoramic analysis of Jagiellonian memory over five hundred years, this book includes coverage of numerous present-day European countries, ranging from Bavaria to Kiev, and from Stockholm to the Adriatic. In doing so, it allows for a large, multi-way comparison of how one shared phenomenon has been, and still is, remembered in over a dozen neighbouring countries. Specialists in the history of Europe are brought together to apply the latest questions from memory theory and to combine them with debates from social science, medieval and early modern European history to engage in an international and interdisciplinary exploration into the relationship between memory and dynasty through time.

The first book to present the Jagiellonians' supranational history in English, Remembering the Jagiellonians opens key discussions about the regional memory of Europe and considers the ongoing role of the Jagiellonians in modern-day culture and politics. It is essential reading for students of early modern and late medieval Europe, ninteenth-century nationalism and the history of memory.

Table of Contents


List of Figures

Map of Jagiellonian Europe

Jagiellonian family tree


Notes on contributors

Introduction: space, time and dynasty

Natalia Nowakowska

Chapter 1: Our foreign traitors and redeemers: remembering Jagiellonians in Lithuania

Giedrė Mickūnaitė

Chapter 2: An ambiguous golden age:Jagiellonians in Polish memory and historical consciousness

Natalia Nowakowska

Chapter 3: The memory of the Jagiellonians in the Kingdom of Hungary, and in Hungarian and Slovak national narratives

Stanislava Kuzmová

Chapter 4: Did Bohemian Jagiellonians exist?

Ilya Afanasyev

Chapter 5: Remembering Jagiellonians in German-Speaking lands

Dušan Zupka

Chapter 6: Remembering a past princess: Catherine Jagiellon and the construction of national narratives in Sweden and Finland

Susanna Niiranen

Chpater 7: The Jagiellonians in Belarus: a gradual release of memory

Simon M. Lewis

Chapter 8: The Jagiellonians in Ukrainian traditions

Tetiana Hoshko

Chapter 9: The Jagiellonian Dynasty in Russian historiography and memory

Olga Kozubska-Andrusiv




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Natalia Nowakowska is a Fellow and Associate Professor in History at Somerville College, University of Oxford, and Principal Investigator of the European Research Council (ERC) funded project ‘Jagiellonians: Dynasty, Memory & Identity in Central Europe’. Her previous publications include King Sigismund and Martin Luther: The Reformation before Confessionalization (2018) and Church, State and Dynasty in Renaissance Poland: The Career of Cardinal Fryderyk Jagiellon (1468–1503) (2007).


'Now at long last the Jagiellonians can be remembered besides the Tudors, Valois, and Habsburgs as one of the preeminent dynasties of the Renaissance. This fascinating collection of essays introduces students and scholars to one of Europe’s forgotten ruling families who once controlled nearly a quarter of the continent. With its emphasis on the dynasty’s transnational links, Remembering the Jagiellonians is particularly valuable as it helps restore a political and cultural unity to the vast landscape of Central and Eastern Europe.'

Howard Louthan, University of Minnesota, USA


'This volume skillfully demonstrates the mutual influence of dynastic memory making and national identity formation in pre-modern and modern Europe. Taking an innovative long-term approach to the Renaissance Jagiellonian dynasty, it brings this much-neglected family to the attention of English-speaking scholars. The editor and authors compellingly demonstrate the diverse ways in which Jagiellonians were remembered in different regions and different periods. In doing so, they challenge the idea of 'dynasty' as a self-evident historical phenomenon, arguing instead that it is shaped by constructed memories reinvented over time.'

Jasper van der Steen, Leiden University, The Netherlands

"Remembering the Jagiellonians sheds light onto the complex history of a dynasty that became celebrated in
some countries, vilified in others, and forgotten elsewhere.

Remembering the Jagiellonians answers questions about the dynasty’s legacies across Europe, as developed from the sixteenth century until today. By focusing on memory and memorialisation, the contributors provide an analysis rich in both depth and breadth of how different communities shaped their Jagiellonian heritage.

[...]this is a work of history that is not only valuable to historians of East Central Europe and royal dynasties, but also especially to transnational historians who focus on memory, primarily because of the sheer depth and breadth of the examination that never loses its focus. The methodology is to be emulated."

Agata Zielinska, University College London