- This all came from Polish history books, but the dates and essential facts
should be ok.
995 Boleslaw aids Otto III vs Obodrites, as does Sobeslaw, elder prince of
the Slavnikovci of Libice. Boleslav II sends troops under his son but stays
home because he is reluctant to participate fully vs oft time Polabian allies.
Boleslav II uses Imperial truce declared for Obodrite campaign, and
absence of Sobeslaw to conquer principality of Libice. Slavnikovci prisoners
murdered by Vrsovci (allies of Boleslav in Libice). Sobeslaw flees to
Poland--founder of noble Paluk family. another of Slavnikovci, Wojciech,
Bishop of Prague (Vojtech-Cz, Adalbert- Eng.) flees to Rome. seeks to retire
to monastery, but is ordered back to Prague, even though ruling Premyslids
had killed the rest of his family (Rome trying to test power of church?).
Meets Otto III in Rome, who intercedes with Pope Sylvester I to allow him to
do missionary work.
996 Vojtech/Adalbert sets up base in Poland (hagiographies suggest
friendship w/ Chrobry). Founds Benedictine abbey in Trzemeszno.
997 Wojciech departs Gdansk for Prussia to missionary.
23 April - Wojciech martyred. Chrobry ransoms body for weight in gold.
Entombed in church of Holy Virgin Mary in Gniezno.
*Legend recounts that body recovery mission was far short of gold
necessary for ransom, when a poor old Christian woman whom Wojciech had
blessed during his mission contributed a small piece of gold (her entire
assets), which miraculously balanced the scales.*
999 Wojciech/Adalbertus canonized with support of Otto III. Sylvester I
grants independent Polish metropolitan, based in Gniezno, with Bishoprics at
Wroclaw, Krakow, and Kolobrzeg, to consolidate rule and conversion of all
Polish lands and conquests. Wojciech's brother, Gaudenty, made Archbishop of
Saint Wojciech's cathedral.
- Steve Butler