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Narrative podcast of Czech history for an English-speaking audience

May 29, 2019

When the first hereditary Czech king - Přemysl I. Otakar - dies, the reigns of the realm are taken by his son Václav I. Will he be enough to fill his great late father's shoes and hold on to the royal crown?

The realm is facing foreign invasions from eastern nomads, southern newly minted dukes and south eastern rivals. When the dust settles on battlefields, there are still dynastic interests to protect and power hungry noblemen to corral and manage. And just as everything finally seems headed in the right direction, personal tragedy throws yet another wrench in the plans.

However, out of that tragedy rises one of the most acclaimed and famous ruler of the Přemyslid dynasty and Czech Middle-Ages in general - Přemysl II. Otakar. With him, the crown will rest upon a head full of chivalrous ideals. He will become hailed as the King of Iron and Gold, and his only fault will be his (almost) naïve faith in the omnipotence of knightly honor and martial glory.

 Join us, as we tell the tale of bravery, prowess in battle and political intrigue that is the second half of 13th century in the Czech lands.