Mieszko the Old

Mieszko the Old Mieszko the Old (1126-1202), the prince of Great Poland under his father's will, became senior prince and ascended the Cracow throne after the death of his brother, Boleslaus the Curly. His attempts at strengthening his authority provoked dissatisfaction among the nobles, and then an open revolt, as a result of which in 1177 the Cracow province was seized by Casimir the Just. Mieszko did not give up his position easily and strove to regain the throne. His efforts succeeded when for several he was allowed to rule on behalf of the minor Leszek the White, the son of Casimir the Just. [art]