A thousand-year-old oak tree still stands in the grounds of what was once a border castle, Stochov, where according to folk legends, young Wenceslaus was born. It is said that his grandmother, Ludmila, planted the oak tree there at the time of Wenceslaus's birth. Nannies watered the sapling with baby Wenceslaus's bath water and thus giving the tree its unusual staying powers. The book also tells about the special ritual for cutting Wenceslaus's hair.
Young Wencelsaus was influenced by Ludmila and educated in Slavonic reading and writing by her priest, Paul, who in turn has been educated by the Greek missionaries, Cyril and Methodius.