Janko Kráľ 

Imagined portrait of Janko Kráľ

Janko Kráľ was a radical Romanyic Slovak poet and political activist. He was born on 24th April 1822 in Liptovský Svätý Mikuláš in the Austrian Empire (now Lipyovaky Mikulas. Slovakia.)  and died on 23rd May 1876 in Zlate Moravce, Slovakia aged 54).

Major Works

Pieseň Bez Mena (Song Without a Name) “Zverbovaný” (The Recruit) (1844)
“Orol” (The Eagle) (1845)
Zajasal Blesk Jasnej Zory” (The Gleam of a Clear Dawn Approached) (1861)

Biography Timeline

Janko Kráľ was born on 24th April 1822 in Liptovský Svätý Mikuláš in the Austrian Empire (now Lipyovaky Mikulas. Slovakia.)  Little is known about his private life other than he was a Slovak poet known for his Romantic ballads, epics, and lyrics. He was also a jurist, and revolutionary.

1843: He is one of the first poets to start writing in the modern Slovak language which had been recently codified by the writer and politician L’udovit Stur and his group.

1844: His first published verse collection is “Pieseň Bez Mena” (Song Without a Name). 

1845: He writes “Orol” (The Eagle).

1848: He is actively involved in the uprising during the 1848 revolution and narrowly escapes being executed by the Hungarians. He becomes a national hero.

1851: He marries Maria Polexina Kralova and they go to have four children, Ivan Jan, Mladen Radivol, Anastazia and Vladimir Vseslav.

1861: He publishes “Zajasal Blesk Jasnej Zory” (The Gleam of a Clear Dawn Approached).

Janko Kráľ died on 23rd May 1876 in Zlate Moravce, Slovakia and is buried in the National Cemetery in Martin, Slovakia.