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According to what Jan Długosz reports on the battle of Grunwald in the second half of the 15th century, the Lithuanians left the battlefield in disarray after a brief fight. The Swedish historian Sven Ekdahl found in 1963 an undated letter to the great master of the Order of Teutonic Knights where one can read: ‘It may so happen that your enemies will allow one or two banners to retreat or flee: that will be premediated and done in the hope that your formation breaks down since people typically like to mount a chase just as was the case in the great battle.’ Do you think that the letter cited undermines the reliability of Jan Długosz’s reporting?

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Yes because the letter containing the rebuke must have been written shortly after the battle while Jan Długosz’s chronicle dates back to several decades after the event.
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Hard to say, as the letter to the great master is not dated and its author unknown.
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No. Jan Długosz is a reliable witness and both his father and the champion of his career bishop of Krakow Zbigniew Oleśnicki took part in the said battle.

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