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XVII: The Crusades Against the Hussites,   pp. 586-646 ff. PDF (24.0 MB)

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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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