Good King Wenceslas on Czech coins
In 1853, John Neale proclaimed, “Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen” … Neale’s words caught the fancy of many. They quickly became a popular Christmas carol – notwithstanding the indignant objections of pedantic academics. Despite the “Good King’s” feast being Sept. 28, today he is part and parcel of the Christmas package.
The specific Good King in question was Duke of Bohemia from 921 to 929 (or 935). He was declared king posthumously by his liege lord, the Holy Roman Emperor, Otto I.