Odon of Poznań
Odon of Poznań
|Duke of Greater Poland|
|Died||20 April 1194 (aged 44–45)|
|Buried||Cathedral of Poznań, Poznań|
|Noble family||House of Piast|
|Spouse(s)||Viacheslava of Halych|
|Father||Mieszko III the Old|
|Mother||Elisabeth of Hungary|
Odon of Poznań, also known as Odon of Greater Poland and Mieszkowic, (Polish: Odon poznański (wielkopolski, Mieszkowic); 1149 – 20 April 1194) was Duke of Greater Poland in 1179–1181, and Duke of Kalisz from 1193 to 1194.
In 1177, Odon joined the revolt of the Lesser Polish nobility against his own father, Mieszko III the Old, because of the favoritism Mieszko III had shown to the offspring of his second marriage. Additionally, the High Duke had attempted to force Odon to become a priest in order to eliminate him from the succession. As well, Odon wanted to have some land and found an opportunity to conquer the Duchy of Greater Poland. His uncle Casimir II the Just also supported him. The war lasted for 2 years until Mieszko III was deposed and exiled to Bohemia in 1179.
By 1181, Mieszko III had returned to Poland. Enlisting the aid of the Pomeranians, he not only recovered Greater Poland but also expanded it to include Gniezno and Kalisz. In 1191, Mieszko III divided his duchy: Odon received Poznan, his younger half-brother Mieszko IV the Younger received Kalisz and Mieszko III kept Gniezno. Some historians once believed that he remained in the Greater Poland capital until his death.
When Odon’s younger half-brother Mieszko IV died on 2 August 1193, Odon obtained the Duchy of Kalisz with his father's blessing.
Little is known about Odon's reign over Kalisz beyond the fact that he founded a mint, where coins have been recovered bearing the inscription "Odon Dux" ("Duke Odon")—suggesting a high degree of autonomy.
Odon died on 20 April 1194. He was buried in the Cathedral of Poznań.
Marriage and issue
- Władysław Odonic (c. 1190 – 5 June 1239)
- Ryksa (c. 1191 – 18 November aft. 1238)
- Euphrosyne (c. 1192/94 – 23 August 1235); married c. 1225 to Swantopolk II, Duke of Pomerania.
Since Odon's son Władysław was too young to reign, Odon bestowed the regency of his duchy in the south of Greater Poland upon his half-brother, Władysław III Spindleshanks, while Mieszko III reclaimed the Duchy of Kalisz.
- Włodzimierz Dworzaczek, Genealogia, Warszawa 1959, tabl. 31; Jerzy Wyrozumski, Dzieje Polski piastowskiej, Kraków 1999, p. 153.
- J. Wyrozumski, Dzieje Polski piastowskiej, Kraków 1999, p. 153.
- According to some authors, she was daughter of Yaroslav Osmomysl's son Vladimir(ko); Stosław Łaguna, Rodowód Piastów, "Kwartalnik Historyczny", vol. XI, 1897, pp. 762–763; Włodzimierz Dworzaczek, Genealogia, Warszawa 1959, tabl. 31.
- Parentage is disputed among sources and historians.