Jaromir of Bohemia
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Jaromir of Bohemia
Duke of Bohemia
PredecessorBoleslaus III
SuccessorBoleslaus IV
Duke of Bohemia
Reign1004 - 1012
PredecessorBoleslaus IV
Duke of Bohemia
Reign1033 - 1034
Bornc. 970
Died(1038-11-04)4 November 1038 (aged c. 60-70)
Lysá nad Labem
Spousenot known
Issuenot known
FatherBoleslaus II, Duke of Bohemia
MotherEmma of M?lník

Jaromír (died 4 November 1038[1]), a member of the P?emyslid dynasty, was Duke of Bohemia, in 1003, from 1004 to 1012, and again from 1034 to 1035.

Early life

He was the second son of Duke Boleslaus II the Pious (d. 999). His mother may have been either one of his father's two wives: Adiva or Emma of M?lník.

In 1002, Jaromír rebelled against the rule of his elder brother Boleslaus III, who had him castrated[2] and expelled with his mother and his brother Old?ich to the Bavarian court at Regensburg. Nevertheless, Boleslaus was unable to secure the Prague throne, as he was deposed by the Bohemian nobility and the rule was subsequently taken by his P?emyslid cousin Vladivoj, backed by the Polish duke Boles?aw I the Brave. Vladivoj also secured the support of King Henry II of Germany, when he received the Duchy of Bohemia as a royal fief.[3][4][5]


When Vladivoj died the next year, Jaromír and Old?ich returned to Bohemia and Jaromír was proclaimed duke by the Bohemian nobles. In turn the lands were occupied by the Polish forces of Boles?aw who reinstated Boleslaus III as duke. After he ordered a massacre of the rivalling Vr?ovci clan, however, he lost the support from the Polish ruler and was finally deprived of power. Meanwhile, Jaromír had sought military backing from King Henry II. At Merseburg, he promised to hold Bohemia as a vassal of the king. This action definitively placed Bohemia within the jurisdiction of the Holy Roman Empire.

In 1004, Jaromír occupied Prague with a German army and proclaimed himself Bohemian duke. Nevertheless, the state he regained was a small one, as Polish forces still held Moravia, Silesia, and Lusatia. Jaromír's reign--like so many of the other early Czech rulers--was a struggle to regain lost lands. He remained a loyal supporter of King Henry in the smouldering German-Polish War. Nonetheless, the German king took no action, when in 1012 Jaromír was dethroned by Old?ich (who had him blinded[6][2]) and forced once again into exile. In a surprise campaign, Jaromír once again managed to depose Old?ich with the support of Emperor Conrad II in 1033, but his second reign was short-lived. A year later, Old?ich was restored by his son Bretislaus I.[7]

Jaromír was imprisoned at Lysá nad Labem and died on 4 November 1035 or 1038,[i] a year after the death of his brother. He was assassinated by one of the Vr?ovci clan.[4][8]


  1. ^ Cosmas gives 1038


  1. ^ http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/BOHEMIA.htm#_Toc278782568
  2. ^ a b Czech radio
  3. ^ Jan Petr Jordan (1844). Boehmen: Geschichte des Landes und seines Volkes : Mit Stahlstichen. pp. 210-.
  4. ^ a b Cosmas of Prague (2009). The Chronicle of the Czechs. Translated by Lisa Wolverton. CUA Press. pp. 105-108. ISBN 978-0-8132-1570-9.
  5. ^ [Anonymus AC09723364] (1712). Das jetzt-lebende Königreich Boehmen, in einer historisch- und geographischen Beschreibung vorgestellet, ... nebst einer kurtzen Lebens-Beschreibung aller Böhmischen Herzoge und Könige, biß auf ... Carolum VI. Johann Zieger. pp. 14-.
  6. ^ Cosmas, Chronicle, p. 92.
  7. ^ "Feldzüge Heinrichs II. gegen den Polenherzog Boleslaw Chrobry". Landesausstellung 2002. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ Waclaw Hajek z Libocan (1780). Neue Kronik von Boehmen. Vom Jahre 530 bis 1780. Nebst einer geographischen Beschreibung, aller Staedte, Maerkte, Schloesser und anderer merkwuerdigen Orte. v. Schönfeld. pp. 24-.
Jaromír, Duke of Bohemia
Born: c. 975 Died: 11 November 1034
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Boleslaus III
Duke of Bohemia
Succeeded by
Boleslaus III
Preceded by
Boleslaus IV
Duke of Bohemia
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Duke of Bohemia

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