Rokycany and Bohemia in 1000-1004
> Waclaw, Rokycany and neighbourhood was onlyThere are several problems with this.
> for short time under Polish control. It was almost
> exactly 1000 years ago, when Boleslaw Chrobry
> conquered Bohemia
Firstly, we have no evidence whatsoever that Rokycany even existed at this
time - the earliest historical evidence for the town dates to 1110, when it
was still a village, and there is no archaeological evidence from prior to
the 12th century.
Secondly, after his defeat of Boleslav III of Bohemia, Boleslaw Chrobry only
held Bohemia for a VERY short time (perhaps just 6 months, almost certainly
less than a year), despite his plan of uniting the two principalities. I
think it is therefore highly unlikely that there would have been Polish
immigration, let alone cultural permeation, in that time. One could wonder
whether Boleslaw would even have had time to install his own administrators
The history of the years 1002-1004 in Bohemia is complicated, but here goes
an attempt at a summary:
Boleslav III (son of Boleslav II and grandson of Boleslav I 'the Cruel')
ascends to the throne
Boleslav loses the Cracow region, Silesia and Moravia to Boleslaw Chrobry of
Boleslav III deposed and exiled
Vladivoj, another Premyslid, ascends the throne.
After the death of Vladivoj, Jaromír and Oldrich [Oldr'ich], the brothers of
Boleslav III, return to Bohemia from Bavaria, and for a short time Jaromír
Boleslaw Chrobry aids Boleslav III in the recovery of his throne, evidently
intending that the latter become a client. Jaromír and Oldrich are forced
into exile again. To secure his position, Boleslav III massacres members of
the powerful Vrsovec family.
Boleslaw Chrobry captures, blinds and imprisons Boleslav III, and for a
short time rules from Prague Castle
Henry II of Germany, determined to prevent a merging of Bohemia and Poland,
invades Bohemia, driving out the Poles and restoring Jaromír to the throne.
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