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Skalitz (also known as Silver Skalitz, Silver Skalice, or Silberskalitz) is a wealthy settlement in Bohemia and Henry's home town. Its existence is based entirely on the rich underground which was full of silver; the mines were indeed the most important structure of the Sasau Region.

In 1403 the settlement was under the administration of Sir Radzig Kobyla, a trustworthy man of King Wenceslas IV of Bohemia. However, when the latter was deposed by his brother Sigismund, a Cuman army commanded by Markvart von Auliz, one of Sigismund's lieutenants, attacked Silver Skalitz, burning it to the ground.

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There was probably a settlement in the area where Skalice (Skalitz) lies today as early as the 13th century, though there is no mention of the castle until 1361. The development of the town was prompted by silver mining in the area as well as the existence of the nearby parish of Rovnå (Rovna).

The owners of the castle included JeSek of Skalitz (from 1384) and Bohdal of Drahonice (1402-1403). Wenceslas IV took possession of it in 1403 and placed it under the governance of the knight Sir Racek (Radzig) Kobyla. Later the very same year, though, Kobyla was forced to flee the castle to protect the inhabitants of Skalitz from King Sigismund's invading army, which torched the castle and the adjoining village; the estate was never renewed thereafter.

In December of 1403, Wenceslas IV granted the remains of the village to Jan Sokol of Lamberg (Lamberk). The ruin of the medieval castle and its fortifications was scavenged for building material for the Church of St. John of Nepomuk in 1730. Today only minor remnants of the gatehouse wall, the zwinger and the perimeter walls remain.

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