Zasławski, Władysław Dominik

Zasławski, Władysław Dominik, b ca 1617–18, d 5 April 1656 in Stare Selo near Lviv. A Polonized Ukrainian magnate of the Zasławski family. A major landowner in Volhynia, he occupied army positions from 1636 and was voivode of Sandomierz (from 1645) and Cracow (from 1649). He was one of three commanders designated to lead Polish forces against Hetman Bohdan Khmelnytsky’s Cossack forces during the Cossack-Polish War in 1648. His ineptitude and indolence (Khmelnytsky referred to him derisively as peryna, or the ‘feather-bed’) helped bring about the Polish army’s crushing defeat at the Battle of Pyliavtsi in 1648.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 5 (1993).]

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