(c. 907–29)
   Monarch, Saint and Martyr.
   Wenceslas was the son of Duke Wratislaw of Bohemia and he was a grandson of St Ludmila. He took over the government in c. 922, but was murdered by his brother in 929. His death was soon regarded as martyrdom; he became the patron saint of Bohemia and his crown has become the symbol of Czech independence. He is well known in the English-speaking world through J.M. neale’s Christmas hymn ‘Good King Wenceslas’.
   C. Parrott, ‘St Wenceslas of Bohemia’, History Today, xvi (1966).

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