Bruncvik Legend of Knight, Sword and Lion

Bruncvik Legend-Medieval legend of Bruncvik the knight, his famous sword and powerful white Czech Lion. Bruncvik is one of legendary symbols of Czech Republic (Kingdom of Bohemia).

Bruncvik Legend

Neomenia was was worried about Bruncvik – she begged him not to leave Prague for his adventures to the unknown lands. But Bruncvik decided to leave and gave her his wife a ring to wear, and took hers, and promised he would return in 7 years’ time.  He told her that she would recognize him by her ring, and that if he didn’t return in time it meant that he was dead, and that she should remarry.

Bruncvik with His Legendary Sword, Prague, Czech
Bruncvik with His Legendary Sword, Prague, Czech

Bruncvik set out on his adventures accompanied by 50 men on horseback. They travelled far and wide, soon they’ve reached the sea (supposedly Adriatic sea) and took to the sea in a large boat. After several uneventful months, a storm whipped up and bathed them in a yellow glow. It was the dreaded Amber Isle, which sucked sailors to its shores.

After two years on the island, all of the men and horses were dead except for Bruncvik and the oldest man of his former consort. The old man told Bruncvik how to get away, and Bruncvik promised to take care of the old man’s family, should he ever return to Prague. A large carnivorous bird was just about to make his annual trip to the island (a chance to escape the uninhabited island)! The old man sewed Bruncvik into one of the horse skinsand left Bruncvik near the top of the Amber Mountain. The bird carried Bruncvik away to its nest, as food for its babies, and flew away.
Bruncvik drew his sword and made short work of the rest of his horse skins disguise and escaped.
He travelled far and soon arrived in a deep, wild forest, where he spotted a lion, fighting a nine-headed monster. Bruncvik battled with the lion gainst the monster for 2 days. After they’ve killed the monster, chopping off all its heads one by one, they both dropped down with exhaustion. The lion cared for Bruncvik and brought him food, and nursed him back to health. From that time on, the two were inseparable. During his long trip in one of the castles, Bruncvik found a magic sword that knew how to chop people’s heads off all on its own – all Bruncvik had to do is say “Blade, heads off!” and off they rolled. Bruncvik and his lion had many adventures together in strange lands, inhabited by demons. Some of them were half grey and half white, some had a dog head instead of a human head, and their king had eyes in the back of his head as well as the front. But none of these heads stayed attached to their necks for long after Bruncvik’s arrival there.

After 3 more years of long trips to weird lands, Bruncvik came home, he was surprised to see everyone celebrating the wedding of Neomenia (the Queen). It had, after all, been longer than 7 years. Bruncvik snuck his wife’s ring – which he had worn all the time – into his wife’s goblet of wine, and left the castle. When his wife drank her wine saw the ring, she recognized it immediately. She called the wedding off, thus sending her ex-bridegroom into a mad fury. He and 50 of his friends set off to track Bruncvik down and kill him. Soon, the 51 heads of all of his rivals were rolling on the ground, chopped off by that magic sword, and Bruncvik was in his beloved Neomenia’s arms again.

Bruncvik never left home again, and his pet lion never left his side. When Bruncvik died at a ripe old age – leaving behind an heir, Ladislav, the lion died of a broken heart just days after, sitting at the side of Bruncvik’s grave.

Bruncvik-symbol of hope

Bruncvik’s lion is said to be the two-tailed lion in the Czech state symbol. As the Knights of Blanik are entrusted with the same task, many have drawn the conclusion that St Wenceslas – with Bruncvik’s sword – will lead the Knights of Blanik when that dark hour comes.

Legendary sword of Bruncvik

Today the sword’s hiding place is inside the stones of the Charles Bridge next to the statue of Bruncvik that stands below the bridge (and the dragon that Bruncvik killed below the other bridge)– and one day, when the Czech lands are at their lowest point, at the very edge of ruin, St Wenceslas will rise from the dead, take Bruncvik’s sword, and save the nation.

Bruncvik and White Czech Two Tails Lion pictures

Prague Castle and Charles Bridge with Bruncvik sword-If you like medieval times you have to visit Prague. It is difficult to imagine, gothic builders were able to create something similar. You must simply see this bridge yourself. Charles Bridge is from 1346.

Prague Castle and Charles Bridge with Bruncvik and sword
Prague Castle and Charles Bridge with Bruncvik and sword

Kingdom of Bohemia-Medieval coat of arm of Czech king

Medieval Coat of Arms of Czech Kingdom (Bohemia)
Medieval Coat of Arms of Czech Kingdom (Bohemia)

Coat of arms of Czechoslovakia-White Czech lions and Slovak cross

Czechoslovak coat of arms - White Czech lion and Slovak cross
Czechoslovak coat of arms

Czechoslovak Dragon Cavalry with White Lion banner 1938

Czechoslovak Dragon Cavalry with white lion banner 1938
Czechoslovak Dragon Cavalry with white lion banner 1938

Czechoslovak 310 Royal Air Force Squadron logo with Czech Lion

Czechoslovak 310 Royal Air Force Squadrom logo with Czech Lion
310 RAF squadron with Czech lion

Modern Coat of Arms of Czech Republic – Two white Czech lions, Moravian eagle and Silesian eagle

Coat of arms of the Czech Republic
Coat of arms of the Czech Republic

White Czech Lion with Czech motto: Pravda Vitezi (Truth Prevails, Veritas Vincit).

White Czech Two Tailed Lion-Pravda vitezi, Truth Prevails, Veritas vincit
White Czech Two Tailed Lion-Pravda vitezi

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10 Comments

  1. Nice article. I have been in Prague years ago. I confirm, this city is wonderful place for anyone who loves medieval history.

    Difficult to imagine someone has created Charles bridge in dark medieval times without technology of present days.

    You must walk over to feel eternity.

    Gianna, Italy

  2. I am a huge fan of ice hockey so i am familiar with Czech lion.
    I must say Czechs really deserve this coat of arms.
    My dad told me there was a time when Russian hockey team was totally unbeatable (60s and 70s?). They usually defeated Canada and USA 5:0 those times.
    In 1968 Soviet Union occupied Czechoslovakia and Czech guys totally crashed Russian team on the following world championship. There were rumors the Russian coach got a heart attack my dad said.

    I have seen Czechs in battle against Russian star team on this world championship in Munich.
    Totally wonderful match. Czechs came with Jaromir Jagr but all other players were total rookies. They sent our team home but i supported them against Russians in finale. Czechs defended in 3 men against 6 Russian world stars last minute and they won golden medal. True knights like Bruncvik! It was true battle.
    HUGE RESPECT!!!

    Mika, Finland

  3. Here is my lovely Czech legend on Horymir and his brave horse Semik.

    When the Czech lands were ruled by prince Křesomysl, a farmer named Horymír lived in the village of Neumětely. He had a white horse of extraordinary intelligence called Šemík. Due to Křesomysl’s obsession to find treasures that were said to be hidden underground, people were encouraged to abandon farming and to become miners. Horymír was unhappy with Křesomysl’s rule and warned that neglecting farming would result in famine. His protests were not liked by the miners who one day set Horymír’s property on fire. Horymír and his followers in turn burned down the miners’ village. Horymír was punished and sentenced for execution. When he was asked his last wish, he requested one last ride around the castle grounds on his beloved horse Šemík. His wish was granted. When Horymír got on his white horse, he whispered something in his ear. Šemík ran to the ramparts, jumped over them and slid down the cliff. When the on-lookers got to the ramparts, they were astonished to see Horymír and Šemík on the other side of the Vltava, galloping towards Neumětely.

    The miraculous jump exhausted Šemík. The dying horse spoke to Horymír in a human voice and asked for a tomb to be built for him. Horymír did as the horse wished. The tomb has since disappeared but Šemík is said to be sleeping in the Vyšehrad rock, ready to come out when his help is needed again.

    Martin, Prague, former Czech Kingdom

  4. Nice you mentioned Czech lion on the Royal Air Force sqadron insignia. Czechoslovaks together with Poles did a great job in Battle of Britain. Do you know that the most successful figter of Battle of Britain was Josef Frantisek, a Czech pilot in a Polish squadron?
    Source:
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Frantisek

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