Jagiello, King of Poland

 


Jagiello

 In 1410 Jagiello and the Grand Duke of Lithuania met the Teutonic Order in the Battle of Tannenberg then attacked Malbork (Marienburg), their mightiest castle.

 

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National Affiliation: Poland, Lithuania
Occupation: King of Poland, Grand Duke of Lithuania
Allies: Vytautas
Enemies: Ulrich von Jungingen, Henrich von Plauen
Castles: Malbork (Marienburg) Castle.
Personality: Diplomatic, Fair, Aggrieved

Jagiello ruled Poland and (ostensibly) Lithuania for almost four decades in the late 14th and early 15th centuries. He was the last pagan ruler of both Kingdoms, having converted to Christianity partially to better relations with his own nobles and the Teutonic Order. His plans failed. The Teutonic Order continued to cause tension and the nobles sought ways around Jagiello’s power after a spat with Lithuania brought that kingdom closer to complete autonomy.

Still, Jagiello was a fair ruler. He knew how to build alliances and frequently brought enemies over to his side with his keen sense of diplomacy. Jagiello even convinced Lithuania to aid him in their common struggle against the Teutonic Knights. This alliance ultimately led to the siege of Malbork (Marienburg) Castle.

In 1410 Jagiello and the Grand Duke of Lithuania met the Teutonic Order in the Battle of Tannenberg then attacked Malbork (Marienburg), their mightiest castle.