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Wenceslaus (Václav) Saint
(907—935)

Wenceslaus (Václav) Saint (907—935)

Duke of Bohemia. He was reared in the Christian faith by his grandmother, St. Ludmilla. He became duke at an early age, and during his minority his mother, Drahomira, acted as regent. She, like many other Czech nobles, opposed Christianity and persecuted the Christians. She incurred the enmity of the German king, Henry I (Henry the Fowler), by aiding the Wends, a Slavic people, against Henry; Henry invaded Bohemia. Wenceslaus, who had then begun to rule, recognized the futility of resistance and negotiated a peace. During his reign Wenceslaus was noted for his piety; he worked vigorously to strengthen Christianity in Bohemia. His religion and his friendly relations with Henry I caused much discontent among the nobles, and he was assassinated by his brother Boleslav I, who succeeded him. By the beginning of the 11th cent., he was already recognized as the patron saint of Bohemia. Václav is the Czech form of his name.

Prince Wenceslas is a saint patron of Czech breweries.


Alderney, 2010, Good King Wenceslas

Cuba, 1962, Prague

Czech Republic, 1999, Czecoslovak stamp № 289

Czech Republic, 2012, St. Wenceslas Monument

Czech Republic, 2013, St. Wenceslas Monument

Czechoslovakia, 1929, St. Wenceslas on Horswback

Czechoslovakia, 1929, St. Wenceslas on Horswback

Czechoslovakia, 1929, Foundation of St. Vitus's Church

Czechoslovakia, 1929, Martydom of St. Wenceslas

Czechoslovakia, 1929, Martydom of St. Wenceslas

Czechoslovakia, 1929/1931, Statue of St. Wenceslas

Czechoslovakia, 1969, St. Wenceslas Pressing Wine

Great Britain, 1973, Good King Wenceslas

Great Britain, 1973, Good King Wenceslas

Great Britain, 1982, Good King Wenceslas

Guernsey, 1985, King Wenceslas

Guernsey, 1986, Good King Wenceslas

Czechoslovakia, 1929, National Museum

Czechoslovakia, 1934, National Museum

Czechoslovakia, 1935, National Museum

Czechoslovakia, 1936, Vaclav place

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