The newest rivalry in Medieval Europe is between two close relatives, Leszek the White and Władysław Spindleshanks. But, while the drama is between relatives, the real meat of this story centers on the character and actions of Roman, Duke of Vladimir and Grand Duke of Kiev.
Casimir is dead, so Mieszko the Old seizes the moment and puts himself in power. But it’s not permanent. But neither is the impermanence. I’ll be honest, this period in Polish history is a bit of a mess. But it’s our mess, so we’ll get through it together.
It should come as a surprise to no one that Casimir the Just ends up in conflict with his brother, Mieszko the Old, once again. It should also come as no surprise that it was for what the professionals call, “a real dumb reason.”
Casimir the II seemed like he’d be a good ruler, since he could hardly be worse than Mieszko the Old. But, it turns out that just because the inept guy leaves, it doesn’t mean someone competent will take his place.
Mieszko the Old takes a stab at running Poland and finds that he’s not really cut out for it. Which is too bad, since his successor is also not cut out for it. In fact, it seems like no one is really equipped to be Grand Duke, which raises the question of why the position exists. But I digress…