|John at the BoGro in California|
John was Bohemian in the sense that he lived and died in the western part of what's presently the Czech Republic, a kingdom called Bohemia. His story is split into two parts -- the stuff that can be best attested by the documentary evidence from his own time and the stuff that has been written some time after his death. I don't automatically dismiss the latter, however, as the politics of the day might have discouraged anyone from telling the whole truth about recent martyrs.
Later versions also say that John was the Confessor of Queen Sophia. Wenceslas, fearing that his wife was conspiring against him, demanded to know her confession. John refused to divulge anything, which was the immediate cause of his brutal murder. If true, he was the first martyr of the Seal of the Confessional.
|The tomb that holds the tongue that John once held.|