This stands on the site where, in 1618, the Protestants attempted to build a church, the forcible prevention of which by Abbot Wolfgang Solander was the immediate cause of the protest of the Bohemian estates and the "defenestration" of the ministers Martinic and Slavata, which opened the Thirty Years' War.
Violent accusations were brought forward, particularly against Martinic and Slavata, the king's most trusted councillors, who were accused of having advised him to oppose the wishes of the Bohemians.
Both Martinic and Slavata were but little injured, and succeeded in escaping from Prague.
A contemporary and a political opponent of Skala was William Count Slavata (1572-1652).
In 1637 Slavata published his Pambty (memoirs) which deal exclusively with the events of the years 1618 and 1619, in which he had played so great a part.
During the leisure of the last years of his long life Slavata composed a vast work entitled Historicke Spisovani (historical works).
After the deaths of Skala, Slavata and Comenius, no works of any importance were written in the Bohemian language for a considerable period, and the new Austrian government endeavoured in every way to discourage the 19 - use of that language.