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Poland and Britain Against the Ottoman Turks: Jerzy Ossoliński’s Embassy to King James I in 1621

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Jerzy Ossolinski's letters show that the Polish ambassador was absolutely certain that his mission to England would be a success. His boundless optimism, hardly becoming of a diplomat, however, did have some foundation. It was not only James's recent diplomatic intervention in favour of the Commonwealth and his predecessors' efforts that made Ossolinski assuredly believe his embassy would be effective, but also what he knew about the king's conception of English foreign policy. King James would have enjoyed a little comfort if he had known that just as his Christendom was in a piecemeal fashion becoming a relic of the past, so was the power of the Ottoman Empire. The old enemy of Christianity after that for all intents and purposes stopped being a serious threat to Europe. The victory was won with the significant participation of the Poland he had once attempted to help.

Keywords: Britain; Jerzy Ossoliński; King James; Ottoman Turks; Poland



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