The Decision Of Libuscha
Source: Myths And Legends Of All Nations.
There dwelt once in the neighborhood of Gruenberg Castle in Bohemia two
brothers--Staglow and Chrudis, of the distinguished family of
Klemowita--and these two had fallen into a fierce dispute over the
inheritance of their father's lands. The older son Chrudis thought
that he should inherit all of the estate--and that is the custom in
some countries, you know--while the younger son, Staglow, declared
that the property should be equally divided.
Now it happened that a sister of the princess Libuscha Vyched lived at
the court. She entreated the princess to settle the quarrel according
The princess yielded to her wish, and decided that the brothers should
either inherit their father's estate jointly or divide it into equal
All the lords of the country assembled to hear the rendering of the
decision--brave knights from far and near. Chrudis and Staglow, of
course, were present, very curious to hear what their princess would
decide. Pungel of Hadio, proclaimed far and wide as the bravest of all
the knights of Bohemia, was also among the company.
The princess herself rendered the decision, standing in white robes
before her people. The two brothers stood near, and scarcely had the
last word been uttered when the knight Chrudis, who, as first-born,
claimed the estate for himself, sprang excitedly to his feet, mocking
and insulting the princess. "Poor people," he said, addressing the
assembly, "I am sorry for you who have to be ruled over by a girl."
Deeply grieved, the maiden-princess Libuscha rose, explaining that
she would no longer rule alone. She commanded the people to choose her
"No matter whom you choose," she declared, "I will abide by your
Thereupon the assembled subjects cried out that they would have Pungel
of Hadio as prince; and Libuscha, stepping toward him, extended her
hand to him in token of her agreement.
Thus did Pungel become the liege lord of the Bohemian nobles.
No one knows how long ago all this happened, for the manuscript that
tells the story was very old when it was discovered in the year 1817.
It had lain for many, many years among other old documents in the
great chests that lined the walls of the courtroom in the ancient
Castle Gruenberg in Bohemia. The manuscript is now in a great museum in
Prague, and perhaps, some day, when you go there, you will see it for
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