According to archeologists examining the medieval king’s tomb at Wawel castle in Kraków, the nickname might not even refer to the king’s height, which is thought to have been 120cm.
Described by archaeologists as a ‘sensation’ the metre-long weapon was found in Lower Silesia by three local history enthusiasts searching the area and stumbling upon the sword’s head lying about 30 centimetres underground.
Using satellite remote sensing tools, researchers say they have now solved ‘one of history’s most enduring mysteries’ and confirmed that a large Viking Age burial mound in the village of Wiejkowo did belong to the 10th century king of Denmark and Norway, Harald Gormsson Bluetooth.
Although it was known that King Olbracht had been buried in Wawel Cathedral, the exact location had until now remained a mystery, believed only to have been under the floor somewhere in the middle of the chapel.
The discovery 70 years ago this month of the 15th-century remains, as well as the earlier discovery of pewter containers holding the heart and innards of 17th-century Władysław IV, were met with wild celebrations and dubbed the find of the century. But then people started dying…
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.