Mikołaj Radziwiłł (1470–1521)

Mikołaj Radziwiłł (1470–1521)

Mikołaj Radziwiłł ( _lt. Mikalojus Radvila) (1470-1521) was a magnate and statesman of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

He was a son of Mikalojus Radvilaitis and among the first Radziwills to cary this family name. He had brothers Jerzy Radziwiłł, Jan Radziwiłł and Wojciech Radziwiłł and sister Anna Radziwiłł. Mikołaj was a progenitor of Goniądz-Meteliai Radziwill family line. He has inherited the lands of Musninkai and Kėdainiai. Most of his acquired fortune was confiscated from Michael Glinski, notably Raigardas, Goniądz and Knyszyn.

He took part in the second Muscovite-Lithuanian War of 1500-1503 and other raids under leadership of Konstanty Ostrogski. Mikołaj was the Podczaszy from 1505 until 1510, Voivode of Vilnius from 1507 and replaced his father as the Grand Chancellor of Lithuania from 1510.

Due to his pro-Polish views and arid support for the Polish-Lithuanian Union he was ironically nicknamed "Amor Poloniae" by his contemporaries. He rivaled Albrecht Goštautas for influence in the government of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and was the initial editor of the First Statute of Lithuania.


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