Hrad Kost


About Kost Castle

Many tourists think about why the Kost Castle bears such a strange name. (Kost – a bone) It is then normal that people inventet many interesting fables about why the castle bears such a name. The most famous (but every historian and even castellan will tell you that it is not true) fable tells about times when Jan Žižka z Trocnova besieged the castle.

Hungry castle walls

It is said, that during the Hussite wars Jan Žižka made it to the Kost. It took some time when his soldiers attacked massive walls. Men from Kost defended the castle with success and the one-eyed commander decidet that he would succeed in other way, not by force. He decided to let the castle crew starve and he would attack when one half would die and the other would be so weak that they wouldn´t be able to fight. Hussites started their siege. The sad cloud of annihilation lowered over the castle and everybody within its walls restricted the amounts of food eaten.

The last flitch

Days and weeks passed and only one pork head and a barrel of wine remained. Castlelord was preparing its last regale when clever soldier started to make his plans. He went to the kitchen a whispered something to cook´s ears. He laughed and ran to the caslelord. In that evening a huge regale was organised. Crew took a special care that the noise of (although empty) cups and plates would be heart to the distance. Žižka´s army, that was tired by the siege, did not understand what was going on. „Our leader has a strange strategy“ they said and a plot was only a metter of time.

A clever gift

The legendary „last drop“ for Žižka´s soldiers was a clever act of the above-mentioned soldier. When some men from Kost´s crew fainted from the hunger, he threw the last pork head and barrel of wine from the walls and yelled: „Drink and eat with us! We have got plenty of food for months!“ to the hussites. Angry army rebelled against its leader and nothing remained to him than to leave the place without succes.

Legendary farewell

When the sun rose, hungry soldiers could have seen Žižka´s army packing their tents and leaving the area. It is said that Žižka was so proud that he couldn´t leave the castle without saying anything. To release his anger, he said: „The castle is hard as a bone, and bones are good only for dogs!“ And in that time the castle was given its name and as a remembrance of the last pork head a symbol of it was painted to the coat of arms.

Why it is not true?

There are many proofs that this fable has nothing to do with hisory: Firstly, Jan Žižka z Trocnova had never been conquering Kost, because he had overlooked it. When he marched through the walley he saw majestic Trosky, but was unable to conquer them either. Secondly, Kost has its name since its early history. Its first owner Beneš from Vartemberg wanted to be named as Benesius di Costi. Costi means something as „strong, stiff, stony“. In the 14th Century a majority of manors were built from wood and Kost was an exception. And anyway, if this fable was true, why, for a god´s sake, would habitants of the castle name it after enemy´s words? Although the owners of the castle in times when Žižka marched through the walley had pork heads in their coat of arms, this was taken from Buzic family and it has nothing to do with pork for hussites.