The Hidden Story of Poland: What Happened to the Forgotten Kingdom of Lechia?

The Hidden Story of Poland: What Happened to the Forgotten Kingdom of Lechia?

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The history of Poland has been misunderstood for decades. Even now, many official texts say that Poland comes from the tribe called Polanie. And according to the stories written by Christian writers, that was the first kingdom formed in these lands. However, the truth is very different.

There is a marble plaquette in the Museo del Lapirdario di Urbino in Italy with an inscription saying “Cavillio Lescho Ti Claudius Buccio Columbiara IIII OLL VIII Se Vivo a Solo Ad Fastigium Mancipio Dedit.” That means “a dedication from Tiberius Claudius to Avillo Leszko, the ruler of Kingdom of Lechia.” Tiberius offered the other ruler a grave for funerary urns, which Avillo Leszko received while he was still alive. It was a very expensive gift, showing the importance of the ruler from the lands of modern day Poland.

This inscription means that the Roman Empire had connections with the Kingdom of Lechia. Moreover, its forgotten king was acknowledged by a Roman emperor. The story about the kingdom was well known for centuries, but it doesn't appear in history books at school. Officially, the story of Poland starts in 966, with Mieszko I and his tribe called Polanie. Regarding the history of Poland, authors usually start with stories about tribes that lived in the area, but later they explain that the first ruler was Mieszko I, who lived during the 10th century.

Imaginary portrait of Mieszko I by Jan Matejko.

Imaginary portrait of Mieszko I by Jan Matejko. ( Public Domain )

Searching Documents for Forgotten Kings

The Kingdom of Lechia had kings who are completely ignored in most of the books about Poland. However, the existence of the kingdom is confirmed by maps created by ancient historians and cartographers. The first known map which shows this kingdom comes from c. 700 BC, and it appears on maps until 887 AD.

Moreover, many ancient and early medieval texts mention Lechia. Even the classical first book of Poland, a chronicle written by a man known as Gall Anonim, mentioned the existence of this kingdom. These written resources seem to be reputable because 13 of 23 existing medieval chronicles of Poland discuss the Kingdom of Lechia.

For example, stories about Lechia appear in the resources by many famous writers like Wincenty Kadłubek (13th century), Jan Długosz (15th century), Karcin Kromer (16th century), and Benedykt Chmielowski (18th century). The oldest chronicle comes from the c. 4th - 8th century and was written by Wojnan.

Monument to Gall Anonim, Wrocław, Poland.

Monument to Gall Anonim, Wrocław, Poland. (Bonio/ CC BY SA 3.0 )

The people who created the Kingdom of Lechia must have been very well trained warriors because their lands were unconquered – but not for the lack of trying by some strong armies. It is known that the Greeks, Persians, Romans, Byzantines, and Franks all tried to conquer the lands near the Vistula River. However, none of them were able to do it. Moreover, complex DNA tests made on the remains of ancient Slavic people proved that they dominated the area of the Kingdom of Lechia at least 7,000 years ago.

Stories about the Kingdom of Lechia are also well known in Roman, Ottoman, and Balkan writings. However, for some unknown reason, Polish researchers have generally said that the Kingdom of Lechia is nothing more than a legend or fairy tale.

Illustration from the Chronica Polonorum depicting ‘Lech’ the legendary founder of Lechia (Poland).

Illustration from the Chronica Polonorum depicting ‘Lech’ the legendary founder of Lechia (Poland). ( Public Domain )

It is possible that the reasons behind this can be found in the end of the 18th and the 19th centuries, when Poland didn't exist as an independent country. After the Partitions of Poland in 1772, 1793, and 1795, the territory of Poland was split between Germany, Russia, and Austria. While the Austrians didn't try to influence the history of their new land, Germans and Russians wanted to destroy patriotism and the will of the Polish people to fight back. Therefore, they may have decided to do away with the information related to Pre-Christian times in Poland.

Allegory of the 1st partition of Poland, showing Catherine the Great of Russia (left), Joseph II of Austria and Frederick the Great of Prussia (right) quarrelling over their territories.

Allegory of the 1st partition of Poland, showing Catherine the Great of Russia (left), Joseph II of Austria and Frederick the Great of Prussia (right) quarrelling over their territories. ( Public Domain )

Comments

what about first christian kings of Poland, they was called in chronicles, sagas, etc. as vandals kings. Who was Vandals? Aren't they burned Rome? In Franks chronicles also there is name of the vandals leader, who looted Rome, he was called Crac X , legendary polish king , who build Cracow.

This article and theory are real nonsense. The Latin inscription cited says nothing about any 'ruler of Kingdom of Lechia' at all. There was no Poland in Roman times: the various classical sources are clear, most of modern Poland was then part of Germania, inhabited by known Germanic tribes, like Goths, speakers of a preserved Germanic language, with ancient pre-Slavs starting only beyond the mid-Vistula, and being very marginal until about 600 AD. No DNA tests prove anything about Slavs 7000 years ago, because there were no Slavs then, just proto-Indo Europeans, from whom all the various Indo-European language (though not necessarily descendent population) groups derive equally. There are no mentions of 'Lechia' in any pre-medieval sources, and no evidence that any such realm existed before medieval Poland arose.

This is real crackpot stuff, based on nothing more than wishful fabrications and imaginations. An embarrassment to Poland and scholarship.

Too bad Polish people are so brainwashed by German and Russian propaganda and won't embrace this. And this anti-polish trend is supported and maintained by corrupt Polish archeology lobby who want people to believe that Polish people evolved from monkey in 6th century CE to be civilized by German Christian missionaries

ANNA300033 , Let the other doubt. All you have to do is watch Team Fighting Poznan today to see our greatness, All you have to do is watch videos of Turks call a woman a bitch in Poland today and the whole town KICKS the guys ass for disrespecting their woman. If you go to Germany or Ukraine today, Turks rape woman in the street and the locals walk by and ignore the screams for help.
This is bred in us, We were fooled once in Post WW1 , that military spending was a waste of money,and the war to end all wars was the end of wars. We will not be fooled again, No Matter what tricks to oppress the Polish people they try we will always rise up. The doubters have no such link of the soul as we do. I met a Polish person in the Supermarket yesterday, we were friend at "Jagshamesh" I knew this person's roots are intertwined with mine for Millennia.
Dzienkuje!

Well, sadly you're 100% right.

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