Albert the mayor

His date of birth is unknown, but it is confirmed that he died after 1317. Since 1290 he was the hereditary mayor of Krakow. Since 1295 to 1305 he was supporting the Czech occupation of Krakow, but in 1306 he is giving the city in hands of Wladyslaw Łokietek. In 1311 he is starting a rebellion against Łokietek, this time striving for the dominium of Luxembourg dynasty in Poland. After the revolt’s failure in 1312 Albert is leaving Krakow with prince Boleslaw Opolczyk. He was imprisoned in Opole for 5 years, then goes to Prague and soon dies.

After the revolt

King Wladyslaw Lokietek punishes the city for the rebellion attempt. The heirdom of the mayor position is cancelled, its rights and privileges are limited. The mayor’s house is destroyed, instead of it the defensive stronghold known as “Gródek” is built(nowadays Street Na Gródku).

Albert’s  revolt was described in the XIV century “Song about Albert, the mayor of Krakow” written by the anonymous. There is also a legend that says that during the rebellion the soldiers of Lokietek were distinguishing Poles from Germans making them pronounce Polish words “ młyn miele, soczewica, koło”( mill grinds, lentils, wheel).

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