Bogeslaw was the pagan brother of Saint Dragomira; he later clubbed his sister to death (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies; 18).


Bogeslaw: Slavic for great glory[1].

"The name ought to be 'Bogeslav' in the Balkans (the -w ending is the Polish spelling). The root of the Slavs' name for themselves means ‘speech’; in other words, they called themselves 'the people who can talk.[2]'  Such ethnocentrism is common in history, of course. Witness the origin of the Greek word that gave us 'barbarian'.  'Barbar' was an imitation of the meaningless babble that the original Greeks conceived all foreign languages to be[3]. Americans do the same thing: 'I don't know what the hell he was trying to say - it was just a bunch of foreign jibber-jabber.'[4]"

There seems to be a bit of historical similarity between the story of Dragomira and the family of Wenceslau, the Duke of Bohemia. First, Dragomira's name echoes that of Wenceslas' mother, Drahomíra. Second, and more noteworthy, both saints were murdered by their brothers – Dragomira by Bogeslaw and Wenceslaus by Boleslav . Good King Wenceslas is remembered as one of the patron saints of the Czech Republic and the subject of the Christmas carol that bears his name[5].


  1. Wikipedia: Boleslaw
  2. Wikipedia: Slavs (ethnonym)
  3. Wikipedia: Barbarian
  4. Correspondence with Charles Bowen.
  5. Wikipedia: Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia

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