Good King Wenceslas - The Real Story, only £9.99

A fascinating account of the true story behind the popular Good King, in this unique book.

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.

Good King Wenceslas

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 Wenceslaus in Wenceslas Square in Prague

Legends and archaeology tell us about the early days of the Slavic 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 Wenceslaus's 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.

Postage and packaging has been reduced to £1.00 within the United Kingdom via Royal Mail, and £2.50 Internationally via Air Mail.

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About The Author

Jan Rejzl was born in 1948 in Stara Boleslav in then Czechoslovakia and was introduced to the story of Saint Wenceslas at an early age in the local Basilica of Saint Wenceslas where he was an altar boy from an early age and for many years.

At the time of Jan’s schooling, the only second language available in schools was Russian. When Jan was in his teens he began private lessons in English and acquired penfriends in USA and Canada to practice his English.

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

In 1968, during Dubcek's Prague Spring, Jan received an invitation through a family friend to go to Glasgow in Scotland for a summer holiday to learn English. After his parents paid for a train ticket from Prague to London, Jan was allowed to buy £2 from the Czechoslovak bank in Prague for his pocket money. He hitchhiked from London to Glasgow. After a week in Scotland Jan returned to London where he helped in the home of George Cansdale, who was once the director of London Zoo and a prominent person at a Central London Church of England church. Later he went to work on a farm in East Anglia when the Warsaw Pact countries invaded Czechoslovakia. After an extended period in England, at the request of his parents, Jan returned to Czechoslovakia in October 1968. On his return, Jan found that the spirit of the Prague Spring had disappeared beneath the pressure of the Soviet-led occupation. He managed to leave the country permanently for England in June of 1969.

In England, Jan used to tell his friends that the story of Good King Wenceslas was based on a real historical person and his friends suggested to him that he should write up the story and publish it. In October of 1988, after nearly twenty years in Britain, Jan returned to Czechoslovakia for a week's holiday with his small children Adam and Hana and started to research the history behind the story of St Wenceslas, collecting books and visiting important sites. Jan visited Czechoslovakia regularly to continue his research and write this book before it was finally published in 1995.

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