The uncertainty regarding the fate of King Wladyslaw III Jagiellon after the 1444 defeat of the Christian army at Varna contributed to the circulation of misleading stories alleging that he had somehow survived the battle. This paper presents examples of such deceptive legends used in the decades following his death to achieve concrete purposes in the complex political interrelations between the countries of Central Europe, the Teutonic Knights, and the Apostolic See.

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