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My question is related to Siege of Kraków, which took place in 1655, between 25th of September and 13th of October, during Second Northern War, which is usually referred to as "Swedish Deluge" in Poland.

On 6th of October, Swedish king Charles X Gustav went back to his troops around Kraków. Then (not sure if it was the same day) he took a ride to examine the state of town walls. It is told that when he came too close to St. Florian's Gate, Polish soldiers started to shoot at him. While the king himself wasn't hit, his horse was killed instead of him.

At least that's how the happening is explained by Polish language article at Wikipedia. My fellow town guides confirm that the story sounds familiar, but I was totally unable to find any other sources for that yet.

So is it actually true? Is such thing mentioned in any Swedish (or other, if available) sources? Do they provide additional informations?

enter image description here Siege of Krakow according to Samuel Pufendorf, 1695, click here for full resolution

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Good question, but why add the picture? It doesn't seem to add any useful context/info to the question. (this was discussed on SFF.meta a while back, BTW) –  DVK Mar 20 '13 at 18:18
I'll check the meta discussion, thanks for a tip. –  Darek Wędrychowski Mar 21 '13 at 7:57
Right, I've run through all 10 pages of H.meta before I've realized I should check SFF instead. :) –  Darek Wędrychowski Mar 21 '13 at 8:07
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