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The Church, the Council and the Crusade

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The first half of the fifteenth century is overshadowed by the politics and personality of Sigismund of Luxembourg. Sigismund led the Crusade of Nicopolis in 1396 to drive the Turks from the Balkans. He acquired his first royal crown in Hungary. It would remain his mainstay and primary source for the men, money and troops he needed to achieve his great ambitions. Albert, was the king of Hungary for less than two years. Albert had a strong dynastic claim through his wife, Sigismund's daughter. Moreover, he had years to forge his own personal ties to the Hungarian nobility. Lawrence Hedervary, who played a key role both in bringing Wladislas to the throne and in keeping him there. His duties included managing the kingdom and presiding over the council during the monarch's absence, though all decisions had to be later approved by the king.

Keywords:Albert; Hungary; Sigismund; Wladislas



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