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Cover from the St Wenceslas shrine, Romanic embroidery from the 11th century, St. Vitus cathedral, Prague

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"Good King Wenceslaus" who went out on the feast of Stephen. St. Wenceslaus has a feast on September 28, but the carol has so attached him to Christmas that we hardly remember him otherwise. He is a hero for boys, though his story is rarely told.

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St. Wenceslaus (Vaclav) hauberk, the oldest known complete European riveted mail hauberk, 1st part of the 10th c, detail view of the collar showing the solid gold links, alternating round riveted and solid (punched) rings, the wire is said to be 0.75 mm in dia., with an inner dia. of 5-6 mm (external dia. of 6.5-7.5 mm). The rings are worn, with numerous repairs, the wire might have originally been about 1mm in diameter, the church treasury of St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, Czech Republic.

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St. Wenceslas; his feast day is September 28; Bohemian duke revered by the common people as their protector; assassinated by political rivals and promptly venerated as a martyr of the Czech people. A symbol of Czech Christianity and patron saint of the Czech Republic.

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Today with the Saints: September 28: St. Wenceslaus • Activity: Celebrate with Czech-style fruit-filled dumplings.

St Wenceslaus | St Wenceslaus was born in the 10th century i… | Flickr

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St. Wenceslaus Patron Saint Medal 14kt Gold (Charm-size)