Sviatopolk the Cursed and the Varangian from Bodzia
I have written about Bodzia before, but from that time I have learned some more about the origins of the findings. Especially one theory has caught my eye. One of the Bodzia graves had three bodies in it. A man in the middle and two women on man’s sides. The bodies were oriented on a north-south axis, which is of Norman origin (north-south or north-east ,south-west burials are very specific for scandinavian culture). One of the women had a nice kaptorga amulet container and some other minor jewellery (a ring e.g) but what’s the most interesting in this find is that the man had silver embroidered clothing, western type “carolingian” sword, and a belt buckle with the symbol to the right:
About the life of Sviatopolk and his relations with Polish king Boleslaus the Brave and Vladimir, varangian prince of Kiev you can read here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sviatopolk_I_of_Kiev.
Now, I’ve been reading a lot recently about Norman origins of Poland (sic!, the very subject that is so hated by the XXc historians in Europe, especially after the II World War, and Nazi’s using the “german origins” theory to justify their invasions and so called the “Drang nach Osten”), and I am convinced more and more every day, that the first Polish historical (non-legendary) rulers just HAD to be Varangian (Normans)! There’s a lot of things to say on the subject (and remember that, as a hardcore history lover I like to deal with confirmed facts, not strange superstitions or fantasies), and I will do it in time. One of the theories I found in this magificent book, says that early medieval Polan chieftaindom was in fact a result of Varangian military conquest of Mazovia and Greater Poland. The Varangians who presumably did it were the outcasts from the Rurik’s line descendants Dir & Askold. The proofs of this invasion can be found in archeolgical dig sites throughout Mazovia -> Greater Poland belt in layers dated circa 930 A.D – burned villages, and massive gord building happening afterwards, forming a defence line faced to the .. east (which somewhat adds to the later Boleslaus vs Kievian Rus foreign relations..)! Another thing I learned is a quite obvious thing – that in chieftaindom system, rulers don’t act alone, they do it the way Italian Mafia does it in the praised “Godfather” – there’s a “cappo di tutti cappi”, a “big man”, there are his trustees, henchmen and soldiers. And his trustees are always family – the House, adn they’re always exploiting and using their “subjects”. Having this facts in mind imagine this:
1) Mieszko and Boleslaus ruled the “mafia style”, and were of Varangian origin – a theory
2) Mieszko and Boleslaus had a Varangian and “Viking”( using the word to distinguish eastern Normans from the western ones) soldiers and mercenaries – a fact
3) Sviatopolk didn’t die in an unknown circumstances, but was recruited by his family – Boleslaus – a theory.
4) As a “trustee” member of a House, he was employed to rule near what is Bodzia today (nearby Włocławek was a bigger gord at the time) – a theory.
If the above were proven as facts then we would have the possible outcome :
A) Bodzia folk were Varangians… Vikings!
B) Strange eagle on the silver kaptorga is Odin’s eagle! Polish White Eagle would be in fact a Norse symbol.
C) Sviatopolk found his end representing Boleslaus and in wealth – nepotism in early medieval Poland would be a fact.
D) Polish Piast dynasty was of Norman origins and related to Russian Rurik’s dynasty.
Boggles the mind, eh :)?