MEETINGS OF THE PRINCES AND HIGH NOBILITY OF MALOPOLSKA AND MAZOVIA IN THE EARLY 13TH CENTURY (THE HISTORY OF RELATIONS BETWEEN MALOPOLSKA AND MAZOVIA)
The relations of Malopolska and Mazovia in the early 13th century were not limited to political contacts of their rulers. The meetings of princes representing the two provinces were also attended by their close advisors and high-ranking officials. Each retinue stood behind their overlord, yet individual grandees may well have used such occasions to enter into some private agreements (with the noblemen of Malopolska probably taking the initiative). In the first half of the 13th century the relations between Malopolska and Mazovia, ruled by brothers of the Piast dynasty, were like those between two independent states. In the 1220s the two brothers' meetings were concerned mainly with a joint policy towards Pomerania and intermittent wars on the eastern frontier. After the death of Leszek (1227), the Malopolska-Mazovia meetings, dominated by Konrad and an array of his followers, became enmeshed with the struggle for Cracow.
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