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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 )

They could have hoped that Polish society would be easier to manipulate if the people believed that their only support must come from religion - because their nation “did not mean anything” before it. Of course, the countries wouldn’t have done this work in collaboration, but if they did plan it, their goal was successfully accomplished.

Unfortunately, most historians didn't change try to change this belief in later years. However, an author who wrote books about the Kingdom of Lechia, Janusz Bieszk, did attempt to remind Polish people of their roots. Yet, his works were criticized by some old fashioned historians - suggesting that it may be a long time before these facts are finally accepted.

Lost Connections to the Kingdom

The Kingdom of Lechia had very good connections with other kingdoms. As mentioned, they were respected by the Roman Empire; but they also were acknowledged by the Scythians or the people of Anatolia. The people in the kingdom were called Lechici, and in Ottoman writings they appear as a tribe which lived on the land of ''Lechistan.''

Book cover of ‘Słowiańscy królowie Lechi’ by Janusz Bieszk.

Book cover of ‘ Słowiańscy królowie Lechi’ by Janusz Bieszk. ( skribh)

Regrettably, countless artifacts related to the Kingdom of Lechia were replaced with newer constructions over the years. Many facts about the ancient kingdom still await rediscovery, but the impact of their politics on neighboring kingdoms is well known.

If historians would officially accept the existence of the Kingdom of Lechia, they would also have to agree that most of the pre-Christian sites in Poland probably belonged to these people. This would provide a new opening in research about the earliest history of Poland.

Top Image: The brothers Lech and Čech, legendary founders of West Slavic lands of Lechia (Poland) and Bohemia . 14th century Illustration from Chronica Boemorum. Source: Public Domain

References:

Janusz Bieszk, Słowiańscy królowie Lechii. Polska starożytna, 2015.

Janusz Bieszk, Chrześcijańscy Królowie Lechii. Polska Średniowieczna, 2015.

Pierwsi władcy Lechii: Lech (półlegendarny), Wizimir, Miceslaus, Visislaus II
http://poselska.pl/2013/09/01/pierwsi-wladcy-lechii-lech-pollegendarny-wizimir-miceslausvisislaus-ii/

Zaginione królestwo Lechii, available at:
http://www.poselska.nazwa.pl/wieczorna2/historia-nowozytna/zaginione-krolestwo-lechii

Comments

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.

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!

ok, so tell me why sanskrit the oldest known writings and Polish language are so “the same” ?

why our king was mentioned as „Dux Wandalorum – The Duke of the Vandals”? in St Udarlyk’s Life of Augsburg bishop from the end of Xth century AD”

you stop believing in german/nazi propaganda just common sense will tell you even more

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2987245/

https://www.nature.com/articles/ejhg2009194

http://polishgenes.blogspot.com/2009/11/r1a1a7-signal-of-slavic-expansions-from.html

https://justice4poland.com/2014/05/30/polish-nation-has-more-than-10-thousand-years-of-history/

Polskiego i Sanskrytu:
Dom – Dam
Brat – Bratr
Mąż- Manusya
Żona – Żani
Ciocia – Caca
Żyć – Żivati
Rodzić – Rodhati
jebać (kopulować) – jebhati
Bóg- Bhaga
Święty – Śivata
Niebo- Nabhas
Raj-Raji
Wiedza-Veda
Znać-Znati
Budzić-Budżati
Sława-Śł(r)avas
Prawda-ParaVeda
Dolina- U patjaka (u potoka)
Ogień-Agni
Brama-Brahma
Dwa-Dva
Dwoje-Dvaja
Trzy-Tri
Troje-Traja
Cztery-Czatur
Pięć-Panća
Prosić-Praszati
Żywy-Żivi
Śniady-Śnaty
Jaka-Jaka
Taka-Taka
Siaka-Śaka

 

scythians settlement in Poland

https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/long-hidden-scythian-treasure-site-located-ceremonial-spring-poland-002881

ancient megalith 

https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/ancient-polish-megaliths-or-open-pit-mine-question-coal-verses-cultural-021664

the oldest human bones 115 000 B.C. in Poland

https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/hominid-remains-poland-neanderthal-child-0010811

https://bialczynski.pl/tag/sanskrit-and-slavic/

https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/polish-pyramids-ruins-megalithic-tombs-time-stonehenge-discovered-poland-020755

https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/will-discovery-ancient-tombs-poland-halt-proposed-coal-mine-007655

 

 

I'm a bit surprise that people are so willing to show how little they know and how little they understand about ANYTHING. There isn't a single serious historian who would support this ridiculous idea of Great Lechia.

Well, sadly you're 100% right.

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