Tomasz I, bishop of Wrocław
Tomasz I, was a Bishop of Wrocław, Poland in the thirteenth century. He was in office from 1232 until he died on 30 May 1268. He is considered one of the most significant bishops of Wrocław diocese, being known for his role in the Germanification of Silesia, building programs, and promoting church interests in secular politics.
- He promoted the process of German colonization in Silesia that resulted in Wrocław being known by the German name Breslau and establishing a demographic feature that was of major significance in World War II.
- Thomas's defence of the rights of the Church took him into bitter conflicts with Bolesław II Rogatka, Duke of Liegnitz. With Thomas I being kidnapped at one time by the Prince.
- He also had dispute with Duke Henry over taxes, however, he had a favourable ally in and was supported by Konrad I, Duke of Głogów.
- Thomas began the construction of the Gothic style Wrocław Cathedral, with the chancel being erected 1244.
- He made endowments to monasteries, and founded the village of Łuczyna in 1251.
- He was Bishop during the Mongol invasion of Poland when marauding Mongols made incursions(1241) in the area.
- Thomas I, is said by some to be a descendant of the Rawicz' family.
- St. Hedwig died during his episcopate and he assisted the process of canonization.
- Ladislaus, a grandson of Saint Hedwig, and Archbishop of Salzburg, was Administrator of the Diocese of Wrocław between the death of Thomas and the accession of Thomas' nephew and cannon, Thomas II.
- Bishops of Wrocław in the history Archived 2014-02-01 at the Wayback Machine
- Metropolitan Archdiocese of Wrocław at G Catholic
- Tourist routes in Wrocław: Churches and Cathedrals.
- Anne Duggan, Nobles and Nobility in Medieval Europe: Concepts, Origins, Transformations,Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2000 page 138
- Tourist routes in Wrocław: Churches and cathedrals
- Cathedral in Wroclaw
- Piotr Gorecki, Parishes, Tithes, and Society in Earlier Medieval Poland C. 1100-C. 1250, American Philosophical Society page 94
- The history of the St. Elisabeth church
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