Bohemian royal Premyslid dynasty died out 700 years ago
Exactly 700 years have passed since the last male member of the Bohemian royal dynasty, the Premyslids, died. On August 4, 1306, king Wenceslas III. was murdered in the town of Olomouc at the age of just 16. The death of the young king marked the end of a 450-year Premyslid rule in Bohemia.
"The Premyslid dynasty has a prominent place in Czech history. It was the Premyslids who founded Czech statehood. They weren't only the rulers of Bohemia. The last Premyslids ruled also Hungary and Poland and their kingdom stretched from the Adriatic to the Baltic. They started building the state in the 9th century and the peak of their power was in the second half of the 12th century."
"In my view the dynasty was more important than the Luxembourgs because they founded Czech statehood in the days when there were only various tribes fighting one another. They lived on in the person of Elisabeth of Bohemia, who was the mother of Emperor Charles IV. Charles IV. would never have been such a competent monarch of such an outstanding merit if he wasn't half Premyslid."
A number of events are being held this summer to mark the anniversary. The Czech National Bank has issued a silver commemorative coin and organised a two-day event bringing together the descendants of noble families which connect their lineage to the Premyslids. A new play with the title Wenceslas III. by Jan Sulovsky premieres in Olomouc on Friday and the church in Zbraslav where Wenceslas was buried is holding a commemorative service.