The Prusians, when choosing its leaders, did not necessarily select them from their nobility, families which were privileged because of their wealth. Often the basis for their choice were natural leadership qualities, backed by courage and valour. Such a leader was the chief of the Barts, about whom fairly little is known. We do know, however, that during a bear hunt he was badly mauled by one, and after this meeting he carried many scars. Because of this he received the knick name Klekine, which meant ”the bear“.

The Barts were not a numerous people, but in solidarity joined the Great Prusian Rising. Because of their in bee keeping, they were all called Barts, or beekeepers. nd rising weakened but in total lasted 15 years. Until 1266, because of the small numbers of his fighters, Divan Klekine took part in all the expeditions against the Teutonic Order in conjunction with his Prus neighbours.
The year 1266 proved to be a tragic year for him, in the fierce battle of Kowalevo against superior forces of the Order, Divan Klekine, the leader of the Barts, was slain on the field of glory fighting for the freedom of the Prus people.
The Barts did not choose another leader to replace Divan, but continued to play an active part in the rising under the command of the leaders of their neighbours.


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