This article examines several of the ways in which Krakovian scholars in the late fourteenth and fifteenth centuries were engaged in the national life of Poland. The focus is on selected individuals associated with the University of Kraków who served the rulers of Poland in this period. Some held positions in the royal chancery; others were involved in diplomatic affairs relating to issues connected with the Knights of the Teutonic Order; and others provided their expertise in matters touching the legal status of the union between Poland and Lithuania. While by no means treating all the avenues of royal service that involved Krakovian scholars nor discussing all the people who were involved, the examples chosen for analysis here are sufficient to suggest the range and depth of service by these individuals for the monarchy and the state.

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