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This is the conclusory chapter of the book, which traveled a long way with the ancestors of the Bohemians, and present-day Czechs. Concerning the emergence of Bohemian statehood, it is undoubtedly the part played by St. Wenceslas that made the greatest impression. The memory of the saintly duke has been claimed both by brilliant, intellectually and emotionally rich personages, and by miserable human beings, shameless impostors, ruthless go-getters and proud egoists. Peace of ages and peace of generations, peace based on the sanctity of the given pledge, the integrity of which is guaranteed by the all-seeing sun itself, rests in the hands of Duke Wenceslas. Anyone looking into the national past will inevitably interpret what they perceive in accordance with their own faith, belief, hopes and wishes.

Keywords: Bohemian statehood; Czech state; Saint-Wenceslas

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