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2012 | 13 | 25-39

Article title

Ród Wyszeliców


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The Wyszelic Family

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The founder of the Wyszelic family was the largely enigmatic figure of Wyszela. There is little evidence to substantiate the hypothesis that Wyszela was a Prussian fugitive who escaped from the territory governed by the Teutonic Knights. His sons became high-ranking officers in Pomerania. Przybysław (who died around 1284) was appointed the voivod of Świecie in 1253. The office was also held by his brother, Paweł (who died around 1295), and his nephew, Stanisław (who died after 1309). Other members of the family were also civil servants who rose through the ranks. Przybysław’s son, Wyszela (who died around 1290), was appointed governor of Nowe, and Paweł’s son, Adam (who died after 1309), was elected governor of Tczew and Świecie. Most members of the Wyszelic family were knighted. The Wyszelic family maintained close ties with Pomeranian dukes, including Świętopełk II, Mściwój II, Przemysł II and Ladislaus I. Between 1262 and 1275, members of the family remained in the service of Kuyavian Duke Kazimierz and Duke of Greater Poland Bolesław the Pious. Having returned to Eastern Pomerania, the Wyszelic family continued to give support to the Greater Poland cause, and they manned nearly all civil offices in southern Pomerania. During the reign of Venceslaus II, the Wyszelics lost their offices and possessions in Pomerania due to unsuccessful competition against the Święca family. They returned to the district of Wyszogród where they owned estates in Gądecz, Brzeźno and Strzelce. The male line of the family probably died out shortly after 1309. The Wyszelics had a private coat of arms depicting a cross with arrowheads.







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  • Instytut Historii i Stosunków Międzynarodowych, Uniwersytet Warmińsko-Mazurski w Olsztynie


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