Ladislaus I “Lokietek” of Poland

Ladislaus I “Lokietek” of Poland

Death 2 Mar 1333 (aged 72–73)
Burial Kraków, Miasto Kraków, Małopolskie, Poland
Memorial ID 10762107 · View Source
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King of Poland. He was the son of Duke Casimir I of Cujavia and the Duchess Eufrozyna of Opole.In 1293, he married Princess Hedvig (Jadwiga) of Great Poland. At the beginning of his reign, Lokietek was faced with powerful enemies from many sides. Through an incredible effort and persistence, the king, variously known as Wladyslaw the Short or Wladyslaw the Elbow-High, managed to unite the Polish state with Cracow as its new capital. Lokietek's major achievement was obtaining the Pope's approval for his appointment as monarch of the reunited kingdom. Lokietek received the full royal title of Rex Poloniae, with the kingdom named Corona Regni Poloniae, a concept that would achieve a rich tradition and judicial history. Lokietek's second greatest achievement was the direction of Teutonic conquest. With the support of the German Empire and the Papacy, the Teutonic Order had conquered lands from Gdansk (renamed Danzig), all the way to the northern country of Estonia. When their attention turned to the south, Lokietek's forces dealt them a defeat in the Battle of Plowce in 1331, bringing the conflict to a standstill. The Teutonic Knights then menaced Lithuania, one of the last pagan countries in Europe and, in defense, Lithuanians turned to the east and Lokietek, bringing virtually all of present day Belarus and Ukraine into the Polish sphere of influence.

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