Wednesday, April 18, 2007

This day in history


1025 - Bolesław I the Brave was crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland.


Bolesław was the first Polish king, since it was during his reign that Poland became a kingdom, despite the fact that some Polish rulers before 1295 would never receive a crown. Poland had thus the royal status before their ethnic relatives and neighbors, Bohemia.
He was the first Polish ruler that had been
baptised at birth, thus the first real Christian ruler of Poland. He founded the independent Polish province of the Church and made Poland a strong power in Europe
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Bolesław for the first time unified all the provinces that subsequently came to comprise the traditional territory of Poland:
Greater Poland, Lesser Poland, Masovia, Silesia and Pomerania
He was a national hero to the Sorbs of Lusatia.


Ah, the Sorbs of Lusatia; great group of people. They were a group of right wingers who routed the Liberals of Europe. (unfortunately they made a comeback)


I just might be related to this guy. Little did he know that centuries later there would be another Polish king making a name for himself: kingdavid I the blogger.


2 comments:

Gabrielle Eden said...

When did they get the name "Polacks?"

kingdavid said...

good question, I'll have to research that. I enjoy a good Polack joke, and my brother knows about a million of em.