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Duke of the Polans
Bornc. 870-80
HouseHouse of Piast
ReligionSlavic paganism

Lestek (also Leszek, Lestko) was the second duke of Poland, and son of Siemowit, born c. 870-880. Although proof of his actual existence is unclear, if he did exist, he must have been an influential person, because the tribes that lived in present-day Poland were known as Lestkowici.[]

The origin of his name is not known, it can be derived from the old Polish word l?cie which means "crafty". It is believed this is a diminutive of the Slavic name L?cimir or L?cis?aw. Lestek's wife (or wives or consorts) is unknown. A theory by Stanis?aw Zakrzewski claims Lestek (or Lestko) could have been married to a Moravian princess. Another theory (inferred from the descriptions of a Belgian chronicler from the 14th century) is that a Saxon princess could have been Lestek's wife and that they had a son, Ewraker, later the Bishop of Leodium. Lestko's son, Siemomys?, was the next ruler of the early pagan Polish state.[]


  • Kazimierz Jasi?ski, Rodowód pierwszych Piastów, Warszawa-Wroc?aw (1992).
  • Feliks Koneczny, Dzieje Polski za Piastów, Kraków 1902, p. 28.
  • Henryk ?owmia?ski, Dynastia Piastów we wczesnym ?redniowieczu, Pocz?tki Pa?stwa Polskiego, Pozna? 1962.
  • Henryk ?owmia?ski, Pocz?tki Polski, b. 5, Warszawa 1973.
  • Jerzy Wyrozumski, Dzieje Polski piastowskiej (VIII w. - 1370) (History of Polish Piast (8th Century - 1370)), Kraków 1999, p. 70.

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