Duchies of Silesia

Duchies Of Silesia

Duchies of Silesia

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The Duchies of Silesia resulted from divisions of the original Duchy of Silesia after 1138.

In accordance with the last will and testament of Duke Bolesław III Wrymouth, the Kingdom of Poland was, upon his death in 1138, divided into five hereditary provinces distributed among his sons, including the Seniorate Province of Kraków reserved for the eldest, who was to be High Duke of all Poland. This act inadvertently started the process known as Fragmentation of Poland.

Bolesław's son, Władysław II the Exile received the Duchy of Silesia and, as the eldest, was also granted the title of a High Duke among with the Seniorate Province of Kraków. Nevertheless, after he had tried to gain control over all Poland, he was banned and expelled by his younger brothers in 1146. Władysław's half-brother Bolesław IV the Curly, the Duke of Masovia, became High Duke. When, in 1163, Władysław's three sons, backed by Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa returned to Poland, Bolesław IV had to restore their heritage. After ten years of joint rule, the sons finally divided Silesia in 1173:
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