Wenceslas was born in Prague, the son of a king in 907. When he was 13 years old his father died. Although he was the heir apparent he was not yet ready to be king. His grandmother took him under her wing and gave him Christian training which later influenced his rule. He has long been the most revered man in the land we now know as the Czech Republic.
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In the years after Havel's presidency he continued to write and to work for freedom and human rights. Last week, on December 18 he died. The Czech people filled Wenceslas Square to honor his life and to mourn his death. Many of them remember the years under communism and the bloodless revolution that bought their freedom. Havel is the predominant symbol of that change.
You can read more on Havel here and on countless other sites.
Here's a Havel quote I particularly like. "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." I suspect that King Wenceslas would agree with Havel on this and countless other beliefs.