Jan Kropidło

Tomb of Jan Kropidło in Opole

Ecclesiastic leader in Poland during the late Middle Ages.

- Jan Kropidło

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List of archbishops of Gniezno and primates of Poland

List of archbishops of the Archdiocese of Gniezno, who are simultaneously primates of Poland since 1418.

Jan Odrowąż (Sprowski)
Jan Latalski
Piotr Gamrat
Bernard Maciejowski
Andrzej Olszowski
Władysław Łubieński
Michał Poniatowski
Ignacy Krasicki
August Hlond
Józef Glemp
Henryk Muszyński

1389–1394 Jan Kropidło

Roman Catholic Diocese of Włocławek

Suffragan diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the Ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Gniezno in western Poland.

Włocławek Cathedral Basilica Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Włocławek
Bishop Wiesław Mering

1384–1389 – Jan Kropidło

Vladislaus II of Opole

Duke of Opole from 1356, Count palatine of Hungary (1367–1372), Duke of Wieluń (1370–1392), Governor of Ruthenia (1372–1378), Count palatine of Poland (1378) as well as Duke of Dobrzyń, Inowrocław (1378–1392), Krnov and Kuyavia (1385–1392).

Vladislaus depicted in a 17th-century mosaic
Ducal seal Ladislaus Dei Gracia Dux Opoliensis Wieloniensis et Terre Russie Domin et Heres (ca. 1387)
Ruthenian (Kingdom of Rus) Coins of Opolczyk (1389)

The Duke of Opole also supported the Church career of the eldest son of Bolko III, Jan Kropidło, by trying to obtain for him, despite of his young age, the position of the Bishop of Poznań.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Chełmno

Roman Catholic diocese in Chełmno Land, founded in 1243 and disbanded in 1992.

Former Cathedral in Chełmża
Pelplin Cathedral, seat of the diocese in 1821–1992, listed as a Historic Monument of Poland.

1398–1402: Jan Kropidło

Bolko III of Strzelce

Duke of Opole during 1356–1370 (with his brothers as co-rulers) and Duke of Strzelce from 1375 until his death.

Tombstone of Bolko III and his wife Anna

1) Jan Kropidło (b. 1360/64 – d. 3 March 1421).

Bolko IV of Opole

Duke of Strzelce and Niemodlin during 1382–1400 (with his brothers as co-rulers), Duke of Opole from 1396 (until 1400 with his brother as co-ruler, except Olesno).

Coat-of-arms of Upper Silesia (Opole, Strzelce, Niemodlin, etc)

At the time of his father's death in 1382 Bolko IV was still a minor and therefore was placed under the care of his older brother Jan Kropidło and his uncle Władysław Opolczyk.

Conrad Letzkau

Councilman and later a Mayor of Danzig who, together with Arnold Hecht, was assassinated by the Teutonic Knights.

Gdańsk Town Hall

The intermediary between the king and the council was the Bishop of Włocławek, Jan Kropidło.

Piast dynasty

The first historical ruling dynasty of Poland.

Deeds of the Princes of the Poles
Lands held by the Piast dynasty (992–1025), with a shaded area corresponding to the territory of present-day Poland
Denar Princes Polonie, 11th century (in the times of Bolesław I the Brave), one of the most recognizable coins in the history of Polish coinage.
Silesian Piasts Coat of Arms

Jan Kropidło – Bishop of Poznań, Włocławek, Kamień and Chełmno, Archbishop of Gniezno (only formally)

Uliana Olshanska

Noblewoman from the Olshanski family, the second wife of Vytautas, Grand Duke of Lithuania.

Hipocentaur coat of arms

Jan Kropidło, Bishop of Włocławek, performed the ceremony before Christmas 1418 and, eventually, Vytautas obtained a matrimonial dispensation from Pope Martin V.


Vytautas (c.

Seal of Vytautas
Poland and Lithuania, 1386–1434
Privilege to Vilnius Cathedral issued by Vytautas in Vilnius on 16 February 1410 (Latin language)
Principality of Smolensk coin with lions or leopards and the Columns of Gediminas, showing it as a vassal of Vytautas the Great, circa 1399–1401.
Vytautas the Great Monument in Kaunas
Church of Vytautas the Great. Built around 1400 in Kaunas
Vytautas the Great watch tower in Kherson, Ukraine
Vytautas and Kęstutis imprisoned by Jogaila. Painting by Wojciech Gerson

Because of the relationship between the two women, the Bishop of Vilnius was unwilling to perform the ceremony without a papal dispensation; however, Jan Kropidło did not have such scruples and married them on 13 November 1418.