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THE 650th ANNIVERSARY OF THE KRAKÓW CONGRESS OF MONARCHS OF EUROPE

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alma mater No. 166

In September 1364, most probably between the 22nd and the 27th, there was a congress of European monarchs in Kraków. The kings and princes who met in the city on the invitation of Casimir the Great, King of Poland, included the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV; King Louis I of Hungary; King Valdemar IV Atterdag of Denmark; the King of Cyprus, Peter Lusignan; Rudolf IV the Founder, Duke of Austria; the two Margraves of Brandenburg, Louis VI the Roman and Otto V; and a large retinue of Polish dukes, including Siemowit III of Mazovia; Vladislaus of Opole; Boleslaus II of Świdnica; and Boguslaus V of Wołogoszcz and Słupsk with his son Casimir. The congress was held in connection with the marriage of King Casimir’s granddaughter Elżbieta to the Emperor Charles IV. There was a second reason: to effect a reconciliation between the Emperor and the King of Hungary, undertaken by King Casimir and the Duke of Świdnica (cf. R. Grodecki, Kongres krakowski w roku 1364, Kraków, 1995). The congress has come down in history and is remembered not so much for the political negotiations conducted at this time, as for the renowned feast given for the kings and princes by Mikołaj Wierzynek, a wealthy burgher of Kraków. Franciszek Ziejka

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