The Premyslid dynasty ruled Bohemia (and, at time, rather extensive surrounding areas) for centuries. As with any ruling family, it had more than its share of interesting characters, among which was Bretislaus (Bretislav) I. Bretislaus came to be known as the “Czech Achilles”, as well as “Bretislaus the Restorer”. He was the son of Oldrich and a peasant woman named Bozena. Oldrich, who was already married, is said to have first set eyes on Bozena while on a hunting trip in Peruc. Upon meeting her, he gave up the idea of hunting game, and brought her back to Prague with him, where, after a time, Bretislaus was born (the year of his birth ranges from 1002 to 1005). Since OldrichRead more.

The Hussite Wars had a lasting effect on Bohemia and the surrounding area, not least of which was the succession to the throne. King Wenceslas (Vaclav) IV died in 1419, leaving the throne open. As Wenceslas had no children, his brother Sigismund, King of Hungary, King of Croatia, and King of the Romans, claimed the throne. The Bohemians, however, were still outraged that Jan Hus, the leader of the Hussites, had been guaranteed safe passage to the Council of Constance by Sigismund, only to be tried as a heretic and burned at the stake in 1415. (In all fairness to Sigismund, he was not in Constance when Hus was executed, and he protested when the reformer was imprisoned.) Given thatRead more.