b.907, d. 935

Born outside Prague.

Wenceslas inherited the throne to Bohemia at the age of 13 but was not old enough to rule until he was 18.

He is depicted as a benevolent ruler, who brought Christianity and education to Bohemia and was especially generous to children and to the poor. Legend has it that he once challenged a neighboring ruler (Radslav) to a duel in order to prevent bloodshed of war.

He was murdered by henchmen of his brother, Boleslav, after 5 years in the throne.

He was made famous by the Christmas carol "Good King Wenceslas" by John Mason Neale (1818-1866).