Have you ever heard stories about camel and a hussar from the past? There are many historical sources considering battle of Grunwald* with full documentation about the event. It’s worth knowing not just the details about the fight but also trivia about the clash itself.
Do you know what Władysław Jagiełło donated after the Battle of Grunwald to Czech mercenaries who supported the Polish side? They got from the ruler … a camel. It traveled the Czech Republic and gained fame – its image was on the coat of arms of Pilzno. During the siege of the city by the Hussites, the inhabitants got behind the walls and stole an animal from the besieging the soldiers. It was precisely this event King Sigismund Luxembourg wanted to commemorate by adding a camel to the coat of arms.
The picture of Jan Matejko was created in memory of the battle itself at Grunwald. Probably you know this work, but do you know that the artist, apart from the details of the historical descriptions of Jan Dlugosz, also added a few elements that could not actually be on the battlefield? Among others elements, there is Henryk von Plauen, who could not be present at Grunwald, because he was named great master of Teutonic’s Order after Ulrich von Jungingen died in the battle. The work is also depicted by the hussar, although this ride was established not earlier than in the 16th century. The artist thus tried to present his vision of history, and to pay homage to Polish history, however, with his commentary. Matejko did it on a canvas of over 4 in size for almost 10 meters. On a much larger scale, this historic event features a mock-up in HistoryLand – here on an area of approximately 200 square meters you will find yourself in the middle of the battle of Grunwald surrounded by tens of thousands of horses and LEGO® minifigures.
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