Person:Mieszko II Lambert (1)

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Mieszko II Lambert , King of Poland
b.about 990
d.10 May 1034
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Name Mieszko II Lambert , King of Poland
Alt Name Mieszko Lambert , of Poland
Alt Name Mieszko II , King of Poland
Gender Male
Birth[1] about 990
Alt Birth? 990 Poznań
Alt Birth? 0990 Poznań
Marriage 1013 Poznan,Poznan,,Polandto Richeza of Lotharingia
Other Marriage Ending Status Divorce
with Richeza of Lotharingia
Alt Death? 25 Mar 1034 Poland
Death[2] 10 May 1034
Alt Death? 10 May 1034 Kraków
Alt Death[1] 10/11 May 1034


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Mieszko II Lambert (; ca. 990 – 10/11 May 1034) was King of Poland during 1025–1031, and Duke from 1032 until his death.

He was the second son of Bolesław I Chrobry, but the eldest born from his third wife Emmilda, daughter of Dobromir, possible ruler of Lusatia. He was probably named after his paternal grandfather, Mieszko I. His second name, Lambert, sometimes erroneously considered to be a nickname, was given to him as a reference to the cult of Saint Lambert. Also, it is probable that this name Lambert was chosen after Bolesław Chrobry's half-brother Lambert. It is thought that the choice of this name for his son was an expression of warming relations between Bolesław Chrobry and his stepmother Oda.

He organized two devastating invasions to Saxony in 1028 and 1030. Then Mieszko II ran a defensive war against Germany, Bohemia and the Kievan princes. Mieszko II was forced to escape from the country in 1031 after an attack of Yaroslav I the Wise, who installed Mieszko's older half-brother Bezprym onto the Polish throne. Mieszko took refuge in Bohemia, where he was imprisoned by the Duke Oldrich. In 1032 he regained power in one of the three districts, then united the country, making good use of the remaining power structures. At this time, several Polish territorial acquisitions of his father were lost: Upper Lusatia (also known as Milsko), part of Lower Lusatia, Red Ruthenia, western and central part of Upper Hungary (now Slovakia) and probably Moravia.

Mieszko II was very well educated for the period. He was able to read and write, and knew both Greek and Latin. He is unjustly known as Mieszko II Gnuśny (the "Lazy," "Stagnant" or "Slothful"). He received that epithet due to the unfortunate way his reign ended; but at the beginning he acted as a skillful and talented ruler.

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References
  1. 1.0 1.1 Mieszko II Lambert, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
  2. MIESZKO LAMBERT of Poland, in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.