His dad was a Christian but his mom had been pagan until her wedding. Baptism doesn't really shut down beliefs, though. When young Wenceslaus was thirteen, his dad died and his grandmother became the regent and took custody of the boy. Mom had Grandma strangled and reclaimed her son. There was some controversy about whether she tried to convert him to paganism, but if so, she was unsuccessful. Five years later, Wenceslaus claimed the throne for himself and exiled his mother.
|The heroic king leading his army.|
|David Cerny's view of the King, riding a dead horse|
I'm not exactly clear on what saintly deeds Wenceslaus did. He was murdered outside a church, and in that sense, I suppose we might consider him a martyr, though he hardly died for the faith. He did, as he died, utter forgiveness for his killers, which is somewhat miraculous and certainly in the spirit of Christ. But as a national figure with a dormant army under a mountain, waiting to ride forth in Czech's darkest hour, perhaps the emphasis is on patron more than saint.