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The land of ponds? History of Milicz and the surrounding area

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Milicz   regional history   borderlands   Kurzbach family   Maltzan family   Nankier bishop of Wrocław   king of Bohemia Johann of Luxembourg


The book presents the history of the inhabitants of Milicz, a small town on the border of Silesia and Greater Poland, and the communities living in the surrounding lands. The first traces of settlement come from the Paleolithic period. However, it was only from around 1700 B.C.E. the time of permanent human settlement of these areas begins. In the second half of the 10th century, a stronghold was built here, which in the following centuries played a significant role as a fortress on the border between Silesia and Greater Poland. At an unspecified moment, but at the latest at the beginning of the 12th century, the area around Milicz became the property of the Wrocław Bishopric. In 1358, the bishop sold Milicz to the Duke of Oleśnica. In 1492, the city and surrounding area was taken over by the Czech king, who in 1494 gave it to Siegmund Kurzbach. The Kurzbachs ruled the area until 1590. This year, Joachim Maltzan took power over Milicz. The Maltzans family ruled the local lands until the beginning of the 19th century, then until 1945 they retained the dominant economic role in the area.


Księgarnia Akademicka

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ISBN 978-83-8138-128-4 (online)   ISBN 978-83-8138-069-0 (druk)



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Copyright by Paweł Jaworski, Małgorzata Ruchniewicz, Przemysław Wiszewski

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