Jan Zamoyski

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Zamoyski, Jan


Born Mar. 19, 1542, died June 3, 1605. Polish statesman.

Zamoyski studied at the Universities of Paris, Rome, and Padua. Appointed royal chancellor in 1578 and grand hetman of the kingdom in 1581, he was instrumental in drawing up the Henrician Articles of 1573, giving up the whole of the szlachta (nobility) the right to participate in the election of the king, as well as the Pacta Conventa of 1573. Zamoyski promoted the election of Stephen Bàthory to the Polish throne and played an important part in organizing his aggressive campaigns against the Russian state. A relentless opponent of the Hapsburgs, Zamoyski defeated Archduke Maximilian, the rival for the Polish throne, at Byczyna in 1588 and took him prisoner.

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Rex regnat et non gubernat ("the King reigns but does not govern") was the guiding principle of the regime, according to Jan Zamoyski, a contemporary advisor to several kings.
Jan Zamoyski, the famous chancellor, once declared: "I would give half of my life if those who have abandoned the Roman Catholic Church should voluntarily return to its pale; but I would prefer giving all my life than to suffer anybody to be constrained to do it, for I would rather [die] than witness such oppression" (qtd.
A majority of Poland's statesmen at the time--Chancellor Jan Zamoyski being a prominent example--were against this venture, or at least distanced themselves from it.