Josie Dixon had little idea that her great-great-great-great grandfather Felix Yaniewicz was one of the 19th century’s most notable composers until a chance conversation about a Stradivarius violin led her on a path of discovery.
The 16th century suit of armour belonging to King Zygmunt II was accidentally attributed to someone else in a bureaucratic blunder which saw it transferred to Budapest at the end of WWI.
Notoriously unlucky in love, TFN explores the lonely life of Anna Jagiellon, the last of the great Jagiellonian dynasty.
Footage from an endoscopic camera clearly shows the 14th-century king’s royal sceptre lying across his body and the crumbling remains of a shroud still lying across his face – but mystery still surrounds whether the king actually looks like his portrait.
The collection includes letters penned by Stephan Báthory, Jan III Sobieski and Stanisław Augustus Poniatowski.
Just why Piekarski wanted the king dead was never found out but for his actions the would-be assassin suffered horrific consequences.
The new exhibition entitled ‘The World of the Polish Vasas’ is the crowning finale to the Castle’s Year of the Vasas, which celebrates 400 years since the first king of that dynasty put the finishing touches to the Royal Castle in the five-sided form in which it exists today.
The discovery has created a unique opportunity for experts to carry out archaeological and anthropological research on king Augustus II the Strong’s remains. The two other coffins belonging to Władysław IV and Queen Cecylia Renata will undergo careful restoration work.
On the 221st anniversary of King Stanisław Poniatowski’s death, TFN’s Stuart Dowell explores his attempt to drag Poland into the Age of Enlightenment through his promotion of the arts, the most tangible evidence being Royal Łazienki in Warsaw.
The chapel holds the graves of Poland’s first Christian ruler and king, but is usually off-limits to visitors.