Wenceslaus III

Wenceslaus III

Wenceslaus III, c.1289-1306, king of Bohemia (1305-6) and of Hungary (1301-5), son and successor of Wenceslaus II. On the death of Andrew III of Hungary, last of the Arpad dynasty, he was elected (1301) king of Hungary. Unable to assert his authority in Hungary, he relinquished (1305) his claim to Duke Otto of Bavaria. Wenceslaus tried, however, to assert his hereditary claim to the Polish crown, but he was assassinated at Olomouc while marching to Poland. He was the last of the dynasty of the Premyslids. After an interregnum, John of Luxemburg, who married Wenceslaus's sister, was elected (1310) king of Bohemia.

Wenceslaus III Premyslid (Czech and Slovak Václav, German: Wenzel III, Hungarian Vencel, Polish Wacław, Serbo-Croatian: V(j)enceslav III/В(j)eнцeслав III or Vaclav III/Вацлав III), (October 6, 1289August 4, 1306, Olomouc, Moravia) was the King of Hungary (1301 - 1305) and King of Bohemia (1305 - 1306).

Wenceslaus III was the son of Wenceslaus II, King of Bohemia and Poland, and Judith von Habsburg, the daughter of Rudolf I, King of Germany. He faced the problem of internal quarrels in Hungary and in Poland.

Wenceslaus was the last of the male Premyslid rulers of Bohemia. His sister, Elisabeth (Eliška), heiress of Bohemia, married John "The Blind" of Luxembourg, who assumed the Bohemian throne in his wife's right.

Kingdom of Hungary

His father accepted the crown of Hungary on behalf of Wenceslaus III in 1301. On August 27 1301, Wenceslaus III was crowned in Székesfehérvár as the King of Hungary and as such assumed the name Ladislaus V (Hungarian: László , Czech, Slovak and Croatian: Ladislav). At that time the Kingdom of Hungary was split into several de-facto principalities, and Wenceslaus was only accepted as the King of Hungary by the rulers in modern Slovakia (Matthew Csák and the Abas), in Burgenland (the Güssings [Kőszegis]) and on territory around the capital, Buda. But the Abas and Matthew Csák switched sides in 1303 and started to support Wenceslaus' rival Charles Robert of Anjou. Consequently, the young Wenceslaus, in Ofen (Buda), became afraid and wrote to his father in Prague for help. His father took a large army and invaded Buda, but having considered the situation, he took his son and the Hungarian crown and returned to Bohemia. Ivan of Güssing was named to represent Wenceslaus III in Hungary. After his father's death, Wenceslaus III decided to renounce the Hungarian throne, and on December 6, 1305, he relinquished the crown to Otto, Duke of Lower Bavaria. But Otto, supported only by the Güssings, was imprisoned in 1307 and abdicated the throne in 1308, leaving Charles Robert as ruler of Hungary. In Hungarian historiography he is noted as an antiking during the interregnum of 1301-1310.


Wenceslaus III, however, wanted to claim his hereditary right to the Polish throne, but was murdered under mysterious circumstances in Olomouc, Moravia on August 4, 1306, while on a campaign to that end.


Wenceslaus III's ancestors in three generations
Wenceslaus III of Bohemia Father:
Wenceslaus II of Bohemia
Paternal Grandfather:
Ottokar II of Bohemia
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Wenceslaus I of Bohemia
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Kunigunde of Hohenstaufen
Paternal Grandmother:
Kunigunda of Slavonia
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Rostislav of Slavonia
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Anna of Hungary
Judith of Habsburg
Maternal Grandfather:
Rudolph I of Germany
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Albrecht IV of Habsburg
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Hedwig of Kyburg
Maternal Grandmother:
Gertrude of Hohenburg
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Burchard V, Count of Hohenberg
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Mechtild of Tübingen

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