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comment Why and how did George V give titles to his generals over lands that he did not possess?
@PatrickN I also noticed Montgomery, but didn't put to the question, because Alamain was in Egypt, a part of the British Empire
Aug
21
comment Why and how did George V give titles to his generals over lands that he did not possess?
@MarkCWallace Ok, but this is nothing special, I do already have such rights
Aug
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Aug
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Aug
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Aug
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Jul
29
comment How can I find the most complete list of the names of Kaytn Massacre victims?
You can try searching by Polish term "lista zamordowanych w Katyniu" or "pomordowanych" instead of "zamordowanych" (both words mean "murdered", however "pomordowanych" is more common in this context - the difference is that "pomordowanych" is referring rather to a mass kill). I did this query, however other pages lead to first three sources. If possible, try finding paper sources
Jul
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answered How can I find the most complete list of the names of Kaytn Massacre victims?
Jul
28
accepted How do historians treat gossip?
Jul
28
comment Could a ruler demand a homage from an independent prince?
@ALANWARD Thanks - sources are welcome. The war between Poland and Mazovia is very poorly known, even in Poland. I'd wish to know if somebody (eg. in France, England, Germany) tried this as well and was removed from the society.
Jul
28
comment Could a ruler demand a homage from an independent prince?
I think this comment would be perfect as an answer: "he could not, because there were no legal means or he would risk death without confession, excommunication, rebellion or something". Some sources (or even examples of unsuccessful attempts) would be welcome.
Jul
28
comment Could a ruler demand a homage from an independent prince?
I read a bit more about this war and the Mazovian prince Wacław did give homage to the Polish king, however not Władysław Łokietek, but to John of Luxemburg. Also, later the other two princes were forced (however, I don't know by what means) to give homage (and some lands) to Łokietek's son, the next Polish king, Casimir III the Great.
Jul
28
comment Could a ruler demand a homage from an independent prince?
@Semaphore and I don't ask about the land demand, but the demanding of homage. For example, in more modern times mafia demands from a restaurant owner tribute for "protection" - this is now illegal. Was the demanding of vassalage also illegal (or at least, a dishonour)?
Jul
28
comment How do historians treat gossip?
Well yes... but let's say (for an example) there is a gossip of the pope Joan. If it were true, this would be very important fact in history, saying also other things about people of that time (eg. it was easy to cheat like this way, which would lead to a conclusion, this could have happened more times). But now we can't prove it - it's a legend, or gossip, what should historians do? Ignore? Fight? Investigate? Copy with an annotation it is a gossip, but risking that a reader will not remember correctly and believe?
Jul
28
comment Could a ruler demand a homage from an independent prince?
Also, the background is that in 12th century Poland has been divided in many pieces (like eg. Germany). Władysław Łokietek was the one who united the country - he was able to join Greater and Lesser Poland (and some minor Silesia lands). Masovia was a Polish speaking country, but in 13th century became independent from Polish kings.
Jul
28
comment Could a ruler demand a homage from an independent prince?
The sense is (a). Łokietek was a Polish king, while Masovian rulers were independent. The king demanded the princes the act of homage, so they would become his vassals, having in fact no other excuse than common language. The king wanted to make them his vassals and he stated the demand I have cited, after they refused, he began a military action. In the question there is no lord-vassal conflict, this is a strong ruler-weak ruler conflict. So thank you for your answer, but I am afraid it is not relevant in this context.