Jadwiga is a campaign in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition - Dawn of the Dukes that focuses on the young life of Jadwiga (1373 or 1374 – 17 July 1399). Jadwiga was the first female monarch of the Kingdom of Poland, reigning from 16 October 1384 until her death. Jogaila (Grand Duke of Lithuania), who took the baptismal name Władysław, married Jadwiga on 15 February 1386. Legend says that she had agreed to marrying him only after lengthy prayer, seeking divine inspiration. In 1997 she was canonized by the Catholic Church.
|“||Sent away from her mother and forcibly parted from the young man whom she loved, Jadwiga ascended to the Polish throne as a mere child. In a time of unending war, she must forge a future for her kingdom while contending with the wills of formidable leaders like Jogaila and Vytautas the Great. Can the beloved Star of the Poles bring about her vision of a powerful, untied Poland-Lithuania, or will the incessant maelstrom of war plunge both realms into ruin once more?||”|
|—In-game campaign description|
- The Matter of the Crown
- Star of the Poles
- Duel of the Dukes
- The Siege of Vilnius
- Vytautas' Crusade
- The Fruits of Her Labor
The campaign is narrated by Jadwiga herself except for the last scenario, which is narrated by her husband, Jogaila (who is also the narrator of the Algirdas and Kestutis campaign), instead after her death.
- The achievement for completing the Jadwiga campaign is called "Star of the Poles", the name of the campaign's second scenario. This can sound confusing since that scenario also has its own achievement, named "Protector of the Realm".
- This is one of three campaigns with a female protagonist. The other two are Joan of Arc and Yodit. Of these three, this is the only campaign where the female protagonist herself happens to be the narrator.
- This is one of four campaigns completely or partially narrated by a woman, the other three are the El Cid campaign (narrated by Ximena Diaz, El Cid's widow and successor), the Ivaylo campaign (narrated by Maria Palaiologina Kantakouzene, a Byzantine princess, former queen of Bulgarian empire and Ivaylo's widow), and the Alaric campaign (narrated by Alaric's unnamed wife) in The Forgotten (the latter being unvoiced).
- This is one of three campaigns where the narrator is changed (the first five scenarios are narrated by Jadwiga herself, the last scenario is narrated by Jogaila), the other two being the Yodit campaign (the first four scenarios are narrated by a merchant who is telling the story to his son Daniel during their travelling, while the final scenario is narrated by another merchant named Tariku, who fought against Yodit's army thirty years before, and who joins the conversation between Daniel and his father) and the Bayinnaung campaign (narrated by Bayinnaung himself, except that the outro of the last scenario is narrated by his son Nanda after Bayinnaung passes away during the scenario).
- This campaign and the Algirdas and Kestutis campaigns are the only two campaigns sharing a narrator (Jogaila).
- This campaign is only campaign where its difficulty was changed after its initial release (from two swords to three swords) with a patch update. This is possibly because several of the bug fixes to several scenarios in the Jadwiga campaign makes the campaign harder than its initial release.