Hazard, H. W. (ed.) / The fourteenth and fifteenth centuries
XVII: The Crusades Against the Hussites, pp. 586-646 ff. PDF (24.0 MB)
626 A HISTORY OF THE CRUSADES III Hussites who offered their obedience to the church and to Sigis mund. 108 No such intention could, of course, be assumed on the part of the Hussites, especially the more radical ones who had directed the outcome of the Prague diets and the military conduct of the "beautiful rides." Indeed, the cautious and apologetic letters sent out by Frederick indicate that either from the beginning, or at least from soon after the negotiations leading to the armistice of Beheirn stein, Frederick had doubts as to whether he would be able to carry through those far-reaching promises, which had been taken very seriously by the Hussite leadership. It would, however, be wrong to assume that Frederick had meant to deceive the Hussites. Tile fact that he continued to meet the Czech lea4ers at their encampments, not once but repeatedly, 109 that he made serious preparations for the reception of the Hussite delegation in Nuremberg, and that he energetically enforced the indemnity payments (though these were not very large) 110 indicates that he meant to do his best, and his Czech enemies never accused him of an attempt to cheat them. Even so there was considerable disappointment on both sides, resulting in an immediate decision by both to resume the military initiative and offensive. Tile Hussites were already active toward the end of March (1430). TIle "Orphans," under Prokop tile Short, went into Moravia and Slovakia, and met a Hungarian army sent out upon Sigismund's orders near the city of Trnava. Though the Czech losses were considerable, those of the enemy were three times as large. Of greater significance were the enterprises of the Taborites in Silesia, especially noteworthy since the Czechs received some strong support from Poland. 112 This was largely the result of Sigisrnund's attempt, mentioned earlier, to split Lithuania from Poland by giving grand duke Vitold the crown for a Lithuanian kingship, against the energetic protests of king Vladislav Jagiello. In consequence the Polish king no longer took, as he had sometimes done, Sigismund's side against the Hussites. Prince Koryhut, in spite of the difficulties he ilad had in Prague, now helped the Czechs in Silesia and estab lished a strong military center through the conquest and occupation of the city of Gliwice, while some other important cities, including Brzeg, were taken by a combined Czech-Polish army led by the 108. U.B., I, 637. 109. U.B., II, 135, in a well-informed report to the grand master of the Teutonic Knights, Paul of Russdorf. 110. Bezold, op. cit., III, 45, note 3. ill. Altmann, Windecke, p. 280, claiming 2,000 dead Czechs and "well six thousand Christians, may God have mercy on us." 112. Bartos, Husitska revoluce, II, 71—72, 75—76.
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