1609 - Conversion of Prince Adam Wenceslas to Catholicism
The Duke of Cieszyn Adam Wenceslas (1595-1617) continued his father's work in the first period of his rule and strengthened the reformation. However, from the end of the 16th century, the political situation of Protestants in Upper Silesia slowly began to change. The prince, seeing the changing situation and the increasingly stronger Catholic neighbours of the Cieszyn Duchy, gradually approached the Emperor Rudolf II, with whom he cooperated during the wars with Turkey. Persuaded by the Emperor, at the end of 1609 he converted to Catholicism. One of the benefits he achieved by this decision was the taking charge of the office of the Silesian Starost General, but his ambitious plans were interrupted by an unexpected death.