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Getting to know Good King Wenceslas, courtesy of Cynthia Paces

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The carol tells the story of a king braving harsh winter weather to give alms to a poor peasant on the Feast of Stephen. Photo: cyberhymnal.org

You may have sang about Good King Wenceslas when you were just a wee lad or lass, but have you ever wondered who he really was and if he was, in fact, good?

Well, wonder no more. This week, Cynthia Paces—history professor and resident expert in the history of Czech nationalism—talked with Chris Walker, host of Canada’s morning radio program, “Daybreak South,” to expose the man the behind the traditional carol. Listen to the full interview and equip yourself with some trivia for your next holiday get together.

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