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Premysl

Czechs name Přemysl as the reputed ancestor of the line of dukes and kings which ruled in Bohemia from 873 or earlier until the murder of Wenceslaus III[?] in 1306. Přemysl thus founded the Přemyslid dynasty.

According to legend Přemysl was a peasant of Stadice[?] who attracted the notice of Libussa (Libuše), daughter of a certain Krok, who ruled over a large part of Bohemia, and is said to have been descended from Samo[?]. Přemysl married Libussa, the traditional foundress of Prague, and during the 8th century became prince of the Bohemian Czechs. His family became extinct in the male line when Wenceslaus III died, but through females the title to Bohemia passed from the Přemyslids to the House of Luxemburg[?] and later to the House of Habsburg.

See List of Dukes and Kings of Bohemia

Bibliography: F. Palacky, Geschichte von Böhmen Band 1 (Prague, 1844).

Original text from 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica



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