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Vladislaus I, Duke of Bohemia

Vladislaus I, Duke of Bohemia

Duke of Bohemia
The basics
Quick Facts
A.K.A. Vladislav I.
Gender male
Birth 1065
Death April 12, 1125 (Prague, Duchy of Bohemia)
Mother: Świętosława of Poland
Father: Vratislaus II of Bohemia
Siblings: BoleslavBretislaus IIDuke of BohemiaBořivoj IIDuke of BohemiaSoběslav IDuke of Bohemia
Spouse: Richeza of Berg
Children: Vladislaus II of BohemiaHenry of BohemiaDěpold I of JamnitzSvatava of Bohemia
The details

Vladislaus I (Czech: Vladislav) (c. 1065 – 12 April 1125) was Duke of Bohemia from 1109 to 1117 and from 1120 until his death.

Vladislav I was a son of Vratislaus II of Bohemia by his second wife Svatava, a daughter of Casimir I of Poland. Together with his cousin Svatopluk, Vladislav expelled his brother Bořivoj II from Bohemia in 1107. In 1109, Svatopluk died, and Vladislav I succeeded him as Duke of Bohemia. Bořivoj II returned from exile with the support of Prince Bolesław III Wrymouth of Poland, but was defeated and imprisoned by Vladislav in 1110. He exiled him into the custody of his ally, Holy Roman Emperor Henry V.

In spite of his victory, Vladislav I remained under Polish pressure and was forced to recognize a younger brother, Soběslav, as subordinate ruler of Moravia in Znojmo from 1111. In 1117, Vladislav I formally abdicated in favor of Bořivoj II, but retained much of the actual power. In 1120, Bořivoj was deposed again and endowed with Znojmo, while Vladislav resumed the throne, which he held until his death in 1125.

Vladislav I ruled in a difficult time with considerable success. Although he continued to acknowledge the suzerainty of the Holy Roman Empire, he weathered the interventions of Poland into Bohemian affairs, conflicts with his kinsmen in Moravia, and undertook offensive campaigns against both Poland and Austria. In 1110–11, Vladislav accompanied Emperor Henry V on his Italian expedition, and he encouraged continued German settlement into Bohemia's border regions.


By his wife Richeza of Berg (died 27 September 1125), daughter of Count Henry I of Berg, Vladislav I had four children:

  • Svatava
  • Vladislav II of Bohemia (c. 1110 – 18 January 1174), King of Bohemia
  • Děpold I of Jamnitz (died August 1167)
  • Jindřich


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