Concordia Theological Monthly

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The Slavonic Luther

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cieszyn, silesia, evangelical church, mezrici, trzanowski, lutheran, moravia, polish, prague, slavonic, reformation, bohemian, poland, catholicism

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Where the largest and mightiest Polish River, the Vistula, rises, lies a small country known as Cieszyn Silesia (Teschen Silesia). After the last World War two Slavonic sister nations, Poland and Czechoslovakia, shared this land between them. To a large extent the river Olza formed a natural boundary between these two nations, and the old capital, the city of Cieszyn, was divided between them. From 1290 until 1653 this country was an independent dukedom. The rulers were the Dukes of Sieszyn of the Royal House of the Piasts. After the death of the last duchess of Sieszyn, Elizabeth Lucretia, who left no successor, the land was incorporated into the Hapsburg Monarchy and remained under that rule until the year 1918.


History of Christianity

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars