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Son of the Holy Roman emperor Charles IV, Wenceslas was crowned king of
Bohemia in 1363 and king of the Romans in 1376, proving a largely incompetent
ruler after his father's death in 1378. He was a peace-loving man and held
On his return to Poland in 1565 he was appointed secretary to King Sigismund II.
After the King's death in 1572 Jan Zamoyski became active in the manoeuvring to
select a new king from among five candidates. In particular he sought to keep ...
Zebrzydowski Rebellion (1606–07), armed uprising of Polish nobles led by
Mikolaj Zebrzydowski against their king Sigismund III (ruled 1587–1632); despite
its failure to overthrow the King, the rebellion firmly established the dominance of
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