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The History of Poland Podcast

Jun 18, 2017

Bolesław takes a break from his on-again, off-again war with the Holy Roman Empire to take up arms and invade the territory of the Kievan Rus. Along with his army, his mercenaries, and his ill-advised son-in-law Sviatapolk, Bolesław conquers the city of Kiev.

His reign doesn't last for long, but it's a memorable...

Jun 8, 2017

Bolesław mourns his old friend Emperor Otto III, tries to intervene in the succession crisis in the Empire, picks the losing side, and then ends up in a two-decade war with the Holy Roman Empire that ends with no clear winner.

It's a long slog for Bolesław, but luckily for us we get to enjoy it from the comfort of our...

Jun 1, 2017

Adalbert sets off towards Prussia where he meets some fellows who are not at all enthusiastic to see him or his companions. Not to spoil anything, but by the end of his trip I'm guessing that he wished he had brought along those guards Bolesław had lent him. 

Silver lining: The Congress of Gniezno is the result...