Casimir III the Great is the only Polish king to receive the title of Great.

He built extensively during his reign, and reformed the Polish army along with the country's civil and criminal laws, 1333–70.

Up until the creation of Mieszko's state and his subsequent conversion to Christianity in 966 AD, the main religion of Slavic tribes that inhabited the geographical area of present-day Poland was Slavic paganism.

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In 1109, Prince Bolesław III Wrymouth defeated the King of Germany Henry V at the Battle of Hundsfeld, stopping the German march into Poland.

The significance of the event was documented by Gallus Anonymus in his 1118 chronicle.

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The most famous archaeological find from the prehistory and protohistory of Poland is the Biskupin fortified settlement (now reconstructed as an open-air museum), dating from the Lusatian culture of the early Iron Age, around 700 BC.

The Slavic groups who would form Poland migrated to these areas in the second half of the 5th century AD.

Historians have postulated that throughout Late Antiquity, many distinct ethnic groups populated the regions of what is now Poland.

The ethnicity and linguistic affiliation of these groups have been hotly debated; the time and route of the original settlement of Slavic peoples in these regions lacks written records and can only be defined as fragmented.

In 1320, after a number of earlier unsuccessful attempts by regional rulers at uniting the Polish dukedoms, Władysław I consolidated his power, took the throne and became the first king of a reunified Poland.

His son, Casimir III (reigned 1333–70), has a reputation as one of the greatest Polish kings, and gained wide recognition for improving the country's infrastructure.

The origin of the name Polanie itself derives from the early Slavic word pole (field).