MIKULAS DACICKY OF HESLOV
was a Czech nobleman born in 1555 in Kutna Hora, a relatively small mining town southeast of Prague. His family was rather rich and was able to provide him with an excellent education.
After completing his upbringing, which included fencing and horseback riding, he traveled all over Europe. Some historians claimed that he was too fond of drink, wild parties and women. Others saw him as a good and devoted Protestant and patriot. Probably both versions have some truth in them. He was definitely a rather colorful personality, a playboy of sorts. The"orderly" citizens of Kutna Hora often complained about him and his friends, who disturbed the peace at night and in the early hours of the morning in that little town.
Mikulas loved fencing and engaged in many duels. Unfortunately, in one duel he killed another nobleman (in 1582), namely a Mr. Novohradsky of Kolowrat. The court battles, negotiations and the final trial took over 30 years and Mikulas had to spend some time in jail.
He married rather late in life and had difficulty adjusting to a more quiet life. The political and economic conditions in his homeland, devastated by years of religious fighting, disturbed him greatly. In his book PAMETI (Memoirs), he described the conditions in the Czech lands and his concerns about the future of the Czech kingdom. His other work, entitled PROSTOPRAVDA (Plain Truth), reflects the way of thinking that prevailed in the land at the end of the 16-th and at the beginning of the 17-th centuries.
He died in November of 1626 in Kutna Hora and is also buried there.
Marie Dolansky (from the Czech article of last issue)
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