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« on: March 31, 2012, 02:23:28 am »
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Bolesław III Wrymouth (Duke of Poland, 1102–1138)
Why Wrymouth? His appearance, duh.

Władysław II the Exile (High Duke of Poland, 1138–1146)
He was indeed exiled by his younger bros.

Bolesław IV the Curly (High Duke of Poland, 1146–1173)
He was pretty curly.

Władysław III Spindleshank (High Duke of Poland, 1202 and 1227–1229)
No explanation needed.

Mieszko IV Tanglefoot (High Duke of Poland 1210–1211)
See above.

Bolesław II Rogatka (High Duke of Poland, 1241)
"Rogatka" can be translated as "horned", "rogue", "unruly", "nasty", "Ill-behaved" or, well, a "badass".

Bolesław V the Chaste (High Duke of Poland, 1243–1279)
Now, that's pretty sad case. Bolesław was married to a Hungarian princess, that made chastity wows. And because of his own strong religious believes, he refused to take mistress, dying as virgin.

Władysław I the Elbow-high (High Duke of Poland, 1289 and 1306–1320, King of Poland 1320–1333)
He was very short, even for medieval standards (now, that's an accomplishment).



Historical note: Between 1025 and 1138 Polish rulers were either titled Kings or Dukes, depending on political situation. Between 1138 and 1320 Poland was under a feudal fragmentation with Duke of Kraków being ex officio the High Duke (with exceptions of Przemysł II, Wacław II and Wacław III, that were crowned Kings). After crowning of Władysław I the Elbow-high in 1320, that ended fragmentation, all subsequent rulers of Poland and, then, Polish-Liuthuanian Commonwealth, were Kings.
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2012, 04:53:08 am »
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2012, 05:24:50 am »
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Looking at the wiki on the Polish Monarchy it seems you got all the good ones.  Now, fight my ignorance, what's with all the blonds?  I'm pretty sure conventional wisdom says you people (what do you mean you people) are all dark haired.  Is the conventional wisdom wrong?  Were these guys non-locals?  Also, what's with the all the Blahsky the White and Blahslaw the Black?
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2012, 08:57:29 am »
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Looking at the wiki on the Polish Monarchy it seems you got all the good ones.  Now, fight my ignorance, what's with all the blonds?  I'm pretty sure conventional wisdom says you people (what do you mean you people) are all dark haired.  Is the conventional wisdom wrong?  Were these guys non-locals?  Also, what's with the all the Blahsky the White and Blahslaw the Black?

Keep one thing in mind while looking at their portraits. We don't really know who early rulers really looked and in many cases their portraits are artistic licencia.
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2012, 06:42:50 pm »
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You're never going to get a better name than Augustus the Strong (Elector of Saxony and sometimes King of Poland-Lithuania).
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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2012, 12:13:18 pm »
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You're never going to get a better name than Augustus the Strong (Elector of Saxony and sometimes King of Poland-Lithuania).

He indeed was able to break a horseshoe with his bare hands.

He was also forceful in bed, fathering, according to some estimates, about 500 illegitimate children.

King Michał Korybut Wiśniowiecki wouldn't be happy with his common nickname: "Król-nieborak" (King poor thing), which was pretty accurate description of his abilities, or lack of thereof.
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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2012, 10:51:23 pm »
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Looking at the wiki on the Polish Monarchy it seems you got all the good ones.  Now, fight my ignorance, what's with all the blonds?  I'm pretty sure conventional wisdom says you people (what do you mean you people) are all dark haired.  Is the conventional wisdom wrong?  Were these guys non-locals?  Also, what's with the all the Blahsky the White and Blahslaw the Black?

Most Poles I've met have been fair haired.
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« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2012, 03:56:47 pm »
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Not Polish, but I've always been partial to the name Ladislaus the Posthumous.
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« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2012, 05:06:47 pm »
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Not Polish, but I've always been partial to the name Ladislaus the Posthumous.

France had a posthumous king as well (John I).
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« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2012, 07:06:33 pm »
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Not Polish, but I've always been partial to the name Ladislaus the Posthumous.

France had a posthumous king as well (John I).

I know, but the name Ladislaus is cooler.  Smiley
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