By Eric P. Kelly
The Trumpeter of Krakow is the story of the Charnetski family with a priceless treasure to guard. However, this story is preceded by the legend of TheBroken Note, which tells us about the trumpeter of the Church of Our Lady Saint Mary who played the Heynal at the cost of his own life in the 13th century, and since then, the hymn has been cut inthat precise note.
About 200 years later, we find Pan Andrew Charnetski and his family (his son Joseph and his wife) traveling from Ukraine to the safe city of Krakow; seeking the help of theirrelatives. They are escaping from the clan who wants to steal the treasure they vowed to look after: the Great Tarnov Crystal (which is attributed with magical abilities). But, after finding out therelatives with whom they intended to stay are dead, Pan Andrew accepts the help of a well-known priest: the job of playing the Heynal during the night shift. Meanwhile, Joseph saves the life of a beautifulgirl (Elzbietka) and an alchemist (Nicholas Kreutz) who offer them a place to live at a low cost.
The mercenaries, hired by King Ivan III, discover Pan Andrew’s whereabouts, and try in various times tosteal the gem. Nevertheless, the one who is able to steal it is the alchemist, who guided by the ambition of one student makes a bad use of the Crystal.
In the end, the Crystal comes back to PanAndrew’s family. He is able to fulfill his promise: give it to the king of Poland, King Kazimir Jagiello, who learns that the Crystal was to be used to bribe a clan to invade Poland for Russia’sbenefit. King Kazimir becomes hypnotized by the Crystal, and the alchemist grabs it and throws it into the Vistula River. The king rewards Pan Andrew’s family, and they live happily ever after.
SettingThis story takes place in Poland in the fifteenth century. More specifically, it develops in the city of Krakow in the year of 1461.
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