Good King Wenceslas – The Real Story, only £9.99

Published by 1st Choice Publishing: 108 pages and 74 pictures, mainly in colour

About the Book

Our book tells the story of Good King Wenceslas as he is known from the popular Christmas carol by John Mason Neal, believed to be written by him while a warden in Sackville College, built in 1608 as an alms house in East Grinstead, which is now open to visitors.

Saint Wenceslas

The book is unique: there has been nothing like it published before in the English-speaking world.

It is an interesting and informative book for every visitor to Prague or Praha as in the Czech Language, a capital of Bohemia in Wenceslas’s time, now the capital of Czech Republic.

Discover how young Wenceslas was born into the ruling dynasty of Bohemian dukes, princes and kings. Good King Wenceslas is also known as Saint Wenceslas (in the UK), Saint Wenceslaus (in the USA) or svaty Vaclav (in Czech Language).

You will learn not only about the life and death of Wenceslas, but also the history of his people and country with interesting stories and legends.

The story

Statue of Saint Wenceslas in Wenceslas Square in Prague

Legends and archaeology tell us about the early days of the Slavonic people in Bohemia. One legend about Duchess Libuse, describes how she established the Premyslid dynasty of dukes, princes and kings which ruled Bohemia and the Czech Kingdom for almost a thousand years.

Wenceslas was born into this dynasty and is now revered as the first Czech Saint and many churches were built in his name around the world. Statues of him were put up in public places like this one in Wenceslas Square, Prague.

Many heart-warming legends sprung up about his life, like the thousand-year-old oak tree still standing in the grounds of what was once a border castle, Stochov, where young Wenceslaus was born. It is said that his grandmother, Ludmila, planted the oak tree there at the time of Wenceslas's birth. Nannies watered the sapling with baby Wenceslas's bath water and thus giving the tree its unusual staying powers.

A mural depicting Wenceslas' duel with Radslav

Wenceslas lived and ruled like a true Christian. He was not afraid to stand up to the neighbouring Duke Radslav. To save bloodshed on both sides, Wenceslas challenged Radslav to a duel and won. As seen on painting shown on the left, now in the basilica of Saint Wenceslas in Stara Boleslav.

There is a lot more to the story of Good King Wenceslas, which is revealed in the book you can now buy online. The book is also available in the UK through local bookshops.

Order the Book

One copy of Good King Wenceslas is £9.99 UK Sterling, and can be ordered securely via PayPal. The book is also available for purchase in the UK through local bookshops.

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The Author

Jan Rejzl was born in 1948 in Stara Boleslav in the Czech Republic and was introduced to the story of Saint Wenceslas at an early age in the Basilica of Saint Wenceslas in Stara Boleslav.

Whilst in Britain, Jan heard the Christmas carol: 'Good King Wenceslas looked out...' and was able to tell friends the real story of St Wenceslas.

Jan Rejzl upon publishing his book, Good King Wenceslas the Real Story

In 1968, during Dubcek's Prague Spring, Jan went to Great Britain for a holiday. A twenty-year-old student, he found himself in East Anglia when the Warsaw Pact countries invaded Czechoslovakia. On his return, Jan found that the spirit of the Prague Spring had disapeared beneath the pressure of the Soviet-led occupation. He managed to leave the country permanently for England in the summer of 1969.

In the autumn of 1988, after nineteen years in Britain, Jan returned to Czechoslovakia for a week's holiday and started to research the history behind the story of St Wenceslas, collecting books and visiting important sites in his home town and elsewhere in Bohemia. Jan visited Bohemia regularly to continue his research and write this book before it was finally published in 1995.

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