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Who was good King Wenceslas?

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King Wenceslas was the Duke of Bohemia, and an honest and generous man. Wenceslas was born around 907 in the castle of Stochov near Prague. Having been brought up with a strong Christian faith by his grandmother St Ludmila, he was a man who believed in putting his Christian faith into action. His own mother, Drahomira, was allied with an anti-Christian group that murdered Wenceslas' grandmother, allowing Drahomira to become regent in Bohemia in 920 AD when Wenceslas's own father died. Drahomira was deposed, and Wenceslas became king, at the age of 18.

Many of the Bohemian nobles were against Wenceslas's attempts to spread Christianity, and resented his allegiance to the king of Germany, Henry I. He was murdered on 28 September 929 by his wicked younger brother Boleslav, who joined the nobles plotting to murder Wenceslas. After inviting Wenceslas to a religious festival, Boleslav attacked him along the way, assisted by other assassins.

Wenceslas had been particularly caring towards children, doing what he could to help orphans. Thus in 1853 he was chosen by lyricist John Mason Neale as the subject of a Christmas carol which would give the example of generosity and high principles. The melody is from a 13th century song called "Tempus Adest Floridum," or "Spring Has Unwrapped Her Flowers."

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