Christianity in Poland and the Church of St. Florian
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Religion is a defining factor of what gave people a common identity; so in order to feel connected with one another, rulers would take it upon themselves to unite their kingdoms and establish a universal religion. During the late middle ages Christianity was on the rise. It was widely accepted and appealed mostly to women and slaves, but everyone had their benefits from the new religion. This change in religion was evident through artwork at the time, and the construction of churches across Europe.
Though Mieszko wasn’t ever formally crowned king, for he ruled as a duke, he was one of the best political, and military leader for his country. He assumed power from his father, Siemomysł, in 964 at age 30 (Info-Poland). He immediately followed in some of the most successful countries’ footprints in building up the military and a strong governing system. With his newly developed military, he would go on conquests to gain territory and expand his nation. He was a very triumphant leader like this and was quick to make political decisions too. He set up his alliances with other nations, as well. Surprisingly, his own marriage was a political move. In 965 he married Dobrawa, a Czech princess, to secure the coalition with her people and move to becoming establishing a better name for his country (Pulska).
The first major step for Poland’s conversion to Christianity was when Mieszko was baptized in 966. Jordan of Liege, who later became Poland’s first bishop in 967, most likely was