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Sir Divish of Talmberg was the Lord of Talmberg from 1390 to 1415.

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Biography

During Divish’s reign, in 1391, his neighbour Havel Medek of Valdek conquested the castle of Talmberg, burned to the ground the village of Pribyslavitz and captured Divish, imprisoning him for seven years. Finally, his wife Stephanie and his friend, the Lord of Skalitz, Sir Radzig Kobyla managed to raise a ransom and freed him, while Havel Medek was condemned for his actions as a rebel, though he was left unpunished. Later, in 1403, he was living peacefully in Talmberg with his loving but much-younger wife Stephanie and his loyal captain of the guard, Sir Robard, when a horse-rider named Henry galloped through the gates, several Cumans in pursuit.

An injured and exhausted Henry reported dire news, fulfilling his quest in Run! - King Sigismund and his general Markvart von Auliz had, without warning, brought an army down upon the peaceful mining town of Skalitz, and killed everyone who was not able to escape. The surviving citizens, including Sir Radzig, were holed up in the castle.

Divish ordered Sir Robard to prepare the town for war, concerned that Sigismund would turn his attention to Talmberg once he had dealt with Skalitz. Unfortunately, he could not risk his small garrison to intervene, admitting that they would be nearly useless against the Cuman army.

That evening, amidst a heavy storm, the guards on the battlement reported people approaching, and prepared themselves for an attack. Luckily, it was Sir Radzig, leading the survivors of Skalitz, who had managed to slip out of the castle without notice. With Talmberg Castle ill-suited for a siege, and hoping that Sigismund had no quarrel with Divish, they decided to keep heading south to Rattay, in the hope that the acting Lord there, Hanush of Leipa, could give them shelter. Divish wished his old friend luck, and promised to keep a still-recovering Henry from leaving town - leading Henry to embark on the quest Homecoming.

The next morning, the people of Talmberg awoke to find Sigismund's army outside their gates, having put Skalitz to the torch. Markvart approached the city wall to parley with Divish, speaking politely but clearly demonstrating how powerless the town would be if Divish did not comply. Nevertheless, Divish lied about whether the refugees had passed by, claiming he was nothing but loyal, and certainly no threat to the crown. He correctly pointed out that only a fool would abandon a defensible castle like Skalitz to hide in an indefensible location like Talmberg. Markvart accepted this answer and the army moved on.

Divish would later make several requests of Henry, such as asking him to investigate the death of a stonemason at Sasau Monastery in A Rock and a Hard Place, who was allegedly killed by a falling piece of stone from the Talmberg Quarry. Henry would also approach him during The Sport of Kings at the request of Zora, to find out why he no longer purchases horses from Neuhof. Sir Divish explains that he is not confident in a woman's ability to be a stable-master, and it is up to Henry to convince him to hold a horserace and show the steeds are still of the highest quality.

Sir Divish would remain unaware of the Henry's possible secret dalliance with Lady Stephanie in At Your Service, My Lady, with whom he had grown estranged after his long imprisonment - especially after their subsequent attempts to conceive ended in nothing but stillbirths.

Codex entry

Diviš z Talmberku (Sir Divish of Talmberg) owned Talmberg Castle in the years 1390–1415. In 1391 the castle was conquered and Diviš was taken captive and by his neighbour Havel Medek of Valdek, though we no longer know how the dispute arose between them. Due to the king's inability to settle the matter, Diviš was imprisoned in his own castle for seven long years while his young wife, Stephanie, attempted to raise the ransom to free him. Thanks to the help of friends - including Racek (Radzig) Kobyla - he was finally liberated and Medek was condemned for his actions as a rebel. From 1400 onwards, Diviš held the office of Prague Burgrave and in 1401 moved his seat to Prague. Meanwhile, Talmberg Castle was repaired and he gave it to his wife. Diviš returned there in 1414, and in 1418 his son Oldřich governed the estate. According to some sources, Diviš died in 1415, while others attest that in 1418 Jan Jankovský sold him Jankov Castle, where the Talmberg family lived until 1702. Diviš had three sons – Oldřich, Vilém and Mikuláš, who governed Jankov from 1433 onwards.

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