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Legend about emerge of city of Konin

Legend about emerge of city of Konin
Prince Leszek one day  went with his entourage to hunt in the surrounding forests. He didn’t notice  when he drove alone for a deer, losing his retinue. Once, the prince felt tired, so he decided to take a rest under a tree. At the same time half-wild pitch burners came to him. Prince referred to his immunity of duke, threatening his support. The immovable attackers mocked Leszek claiming that, no one had not yet crossed these forests alive. Afterwards they knocked the prince, they started to rip the garment off. Then the tramp of horses was heard. Pitch burners were convinced that the help was going to save the wealthy lord, so they got scared and got away. It turned out that the noise was not made by the entourage but the herd of horses, headed by a white stallion. The Prince decided to establish at that place the city and named it Konin, as gratitude for the animals that had saved his life, and placed a white horse in the coat of arms.


Legend about Klara Mikorzyńska

The wife of some knight from Mikorzyn, who had gone on a crusade, during his absence gave birth to a daughter. Shortly after, she died. The little girl was committed to the care of relatives. Despite the passage of years, her father did not return home. Klara was the beautiful girl and this fact, not less than her fortune inherited from the father, attracted many adorators and competitors. But the girl was not interested in any of the young men, and rejected their proposal. The masculine activities like horseback riding, hunting and archery absorbed rather her mind.

One day, the best knight in a kingdom called Janusz the White – because he had the hair as white as linen and wore silver armor, white coat – asked for her hand, but even his engagement Klara rejected, claiming that she is not interested in marriage at all. But Janusz was unmoved and decided to give his ring as a gift for the beautiful girl, which would be returned to him if she changed her mind or be in need.  Klara reluctantly but agreed to such contract.

Nearby on island in Lake Ślesińskie lived another knight named Garca. He enjoyed a bad reputation among the people, because he attacked and robbed merchants and mistreated his people. One day while Garca was wandering through the woods, he met Klara and immediately fell in love with her. He decided to spruce up the beautiful garments that had reaved and went to Mikorzyn to ask a girl to marry him. However, he met with a strong denial, and in addition Klara uncomplimentary expressed about knights like himself or robbers. Despite this, the beauty of the girl caused, that knight burned even more love and decided to kidnap her as the only way. So he came to a decision to come back later along after Klara with his companions. He did not know however, that during his absence the girl managed to send the ring to Janusz, asking for help. When Garca had kidnapped Klara, he put her in the greatest chamber in his castle, graced with carpets, gave her a variety of wealth and invited poets to declaim the poems about her beauty and his great love. Natheless, he could not convince the girl's heart.  Waiting for deliverance, she made vows of virginity, if she would manage to escape unscathed from oppression.
Janusz hurried to help with his division. When he reached the place both of forces decided to arrange a knights' tournament instead of battle. Janusz White stood in front of Garca, who rode a black horse. Their combat was dogged and long, eventually Janusz defeated Garca and Klara luckily was rescued. He immediately proposed to her again. When he heard about her vows of virginity, he respected it. However, he asked Klara a favor. He wanted Klara to farewell him with waving a scarf, and also throwing his ring into the water after his leaving. Klara did everything, what knight had asked her. Then he threw himself into the water, and she fainted. Then the great storm and heavy rains hit around. When the flood subsided in the lake a small island was emerged. That was where Klara spent the rest of her life. Even in the early nineteenth century her grave was described. His spirit still wanders around the lakes. Supposedly you can see it on a moonlit night, and it portends a misfortune.

Legend about brave young man Siemko and a beauty Marcha 

In the nearby village lived a couple, brave and  young Siemko with his beautiful girl Marcha. They had been planning to get married soon, but their plans were confounded by the war. Siemko had to leave their village. When the invaders had lost the war, their individual divisions were returning to their homeland. One of divisions assailed the village of Marcha and Siemko. While the invaders were almost defeating, Siemko arrived. He was killed during the fight, and with him also Marcha, who had ran to rescue him. After the departure of the invaders, people buried the couple on the island. The notes to the eighteenth century mention that the rites were celebrated on the anniversary of their death. The songs were sung, the courage of Siemko and Marcha was celebrated, and their killer was cursed with words "biesem razem padły Krzok". Once, however, a boat flowing to the island sank and afterwards those ceremonials were abandoned.

Legend about Wąsosz village

In the village Wąsosz lived a rich successor. On the Christmas Eve he decided to do a tour after his farm and he found that everything functions properly. Pleased with himself, he returned to the palace, where supper was waiting for him. When all were sitting  at the table, they heard a knocking at the door. According to the superstition, supper on Christmas Eve should not be discontinued, so successor decided to go himself to the door. It turned out that it was a poor widow who had no food for her and children, and she was begging for help. However, he expelled her of his palace. The great  food and drink improved his humor. At midnight could not remember the happening, but he went to the cowshed, because according to superstition on Christmas Eve animals speak in human voice. He pretended to go out, when he really hid behind a stack of hay. He heard how the animals were condemning his behavior towards the poor widow. Cows were demanding punishment for him and turning  into  hungry dog tramp. Curse would be solved only when someone gave him something to eat on Christmas Eve. Homeless dogs on the Christmas Eve.

Legend about  Kazimierz Biskupi

Bolesław Chrobry had brought to the country the monks, who settled in the wilderness. From a woman they met in the forest, monks got fish. After eating a meal they threw the spear into the well. After a while they realized that the fish was revived. It happened a few times, so they still had something to eat. Once upon a time in their areas appeared Chrobry the king, who wanted to try this "miracle" fish. In return, he gave them money so they could build a church. Therefore monks broke the vows of poverty. Fish came alive no longer. Frightened monks decided to return the money immediately, and they sent one of the brothers – Barnaba. 
At the same time some courtiers of the king’s retinue went back to the forest to rob the monks of money. When they heard that the wealth was sent back to the king, they did not believe and killed all the brothers. During this time, Barnaba gave money to the king and some vision struck him. The monks ascending to heaven appeared to him. He described the king everything. Chrobry found murderers of monks, but he gave their lives at the request of the last survivor, the monk Barnaba and the king left them in the forest. Thanks to that penance wonderful fish returned to the well, and the water began to treat eye diseases. Successive monks had enlarged the well so fish was greater, but this greed caused the fish with time lost its miraculous properties. The residents from Kazimierz are still able to identify the place of well whether the cells. Barnaba supposedly ended his life in the place where now stands the Camaldolese monastery in Bieniszew.

Legend about saving the city during Swedish wars 

Some commander of the Swedish army decided to burn the monastery. In the dream he had a vision: a monk appeared to him and banned the burning and threatened with death for disobedience. The terrified commander decided to visit this monastery and find the monk of  the dream. He did not find him among the monks, but on the painting. It was the painting of St. John Capistrano. Owing to these events Kazimierz survived.

Legend about two sisters

Lands of Kazimierz and Kleczew were the entirety in the past. As legend says two sisters inherited the lands as a hereditament. They did not want to use expensive measurements and instead agreed to determine the border in a place where they meet, when one comes from Kleczew and one sister from Kazimierz. The sister who inherited Kleczew, overslept and therefore sisters met just under Kleczew. Thanks to that fact, the boundaries of communes had been recently settled, nowadays coincide with those arranging by the two sisters.
Study based on Przewodnik Wycieczkowy by Zygmunt Pęcherski (1966).