(8740) Václav = 1998 AS8  (V\'aclav in TeX)
Discovered 1998 January 12 by M. Tichý and Z. Moravec at Kleť.
 Named for Czech prince Václav (c.908-c.929), Czech kings Václav I (1205-1253), Václav II (1271-1305) and his son Václav III (1289-1306), all from royal dynasty of Přemyslids, and Czech king and Roman emperor Václav IV of Luxembourg (1361-1419), the son of Charles IV. Prince Václav was killed by his brother, Boleslav I. Later he was worshipped as a saint and from eleventh century he became patron of the Czech lands and the symbol of the Czech statehood. King Václav III was also killed, and he was the last male descendant of the Přemyslids dynasty. Václav is still the most common Slavonic name in the Czech Republic. Name endorsed by J. Tichá.
 (MPC 34628 | 1999 May 4)


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