The old town of Budweis was founded in the 13th century by Budivoj Vitkovec, father of Zavis of Falkenstein.
All power was, however, in the hands of Zavis of Falkenstein, one of the great Bohemian nobles, who had married the king's mother, Kunegunda.
The power of Zavis at last became invidious to the king, by whose order he was beheaded in 1290.
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