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Kunigunde of Bohemia (January, 1265 – 27 November 1321) was the eldest daughter of Ottokar II of Bohemia and his second wife, Kunigunda of Slavonia. She was Princess of Masovia by her marriage to Boleslaus II of Masovia. She was a member of the Přemyslid dynasty.

Family

Kunigunde was the second of four children born to her father from his second marriage. Ottakar had previously been married to Margaret, Duchess of Austria but had had no children from this marriage. Kunigunde's elder brother Henry died as a child. Kunigunde's two younger siblings: Agnes and Wenceslaus both lived to adulthood. Wenceslaus became the next King of Bohemia on their father's death in 1278 and Agnes married Rudolf II, Duke of Austria and became the mother of John Parricida.

Kunigunde's maternal grandparents were Rostislav Mikhailovich and his wife Anna of Hungary. Anna was the daughter of Béla IV of Hungary and his wife Maria Laskarina. Maria was the daughter of Theodore I Laskaris and his first wife Anna Angelina.

Kunigunde's paternal grandparents were Wenceslaus I of Bohemia and his Kunigunde of Hohenstaufen. Wenceslaus I was the son of Ottokar I of Bohemia and his second wife Constance of Hungary.

Life

Kunigunde was first betrothed to Hartmann of Germany , a son of Rudolph I of Germany and his first wife Gertrude of Hohenburg. The marriage was to create peace between Germanymarker and Bohemia. However the engagement ended when Hartmann tragically drowned near Rheinau. No treaty was made by this marriage, however in 1285, Kunigunde's brother, Wenceslaus married Hertmann's sister, Judith of Habsburg. Kunigunde's sister Agnes married Rudolf II, Duke of Austria, brother of Hartmann.

With no other proposals of marriage, Kunigunde entered Order of Poor Ladies in Praguemarker and became a nun. Kunignude remained there for a couple of years until her brother, King Wenceslaus took her out to be married to Boleslaus II of Masovia. Wenceslaus wanted Kunigunde to marry Boleslaus for political reasons soon after the death of Leszek II the Black in Polandmarker.

Marriage

Wenceslaus had claimed the throne of Poland, this caused a civil war because other Polish nobles and citizens wished for Władysław I the Elbow-high to become King of Poland. Wenceslaus needed help to keep Poland so marry Kunigunde off to Boleslaus would create an alliance which would help Wenceslaus remain King of Poland.

Kunigunde and Boleslaus married in 1291. She was Boleslaus' second wife, after the death of his first wife Sophia of Lithuania in 1288. From Sophia, Boleslaus had had three children: Bolesław, Siemowit II and Anna.

The marriage had left Wenceslaus in a more comfortable position. During Władysław's seige on Sieradzmarker, Wenceslaus and Boleslaus fought together against him.

Boleslaw and Kunigunde had three children:
  1. Wenceslaus (ca. 1293 - 1336), became Duke of Plock
  2. Euphrosyne (b. ca. 1292 - d. 26 December 1328/29), married Władysław of Oświęcim and had issue
  3. Bertha (before 1299 - after 1311), nun at Monastery of St. George


The alliance between Wenceslaus and Boleslaw did not last for the whole marriage. Boleslaw's brother Konrad had died without surviving children. He left some of his land to his younger brother but the rest went to King Wenceslaus. Boleslaw wanted the other lands which had been left to Wenceslaus. Wenceslaus broke his alliance with Boleslaw. Due to this, Boleslaw did not support Wenceslaus' rule in Poland. Boleslaw also sent Kunigunde back to Praguemarker, though he never divorced her.

Later life

Kunigunde as a nun




When Kunigunde returned to Prague she returned to her religious life as a nun. She joined the monastery of St. George with her younger daughter Bertha. Kunigunde remained here for the rest of her years.

Wencelaus had died in 1305 and his own son, Wenceslaus III of Bohemia became King of Bohemia and Poland. Wenceslaus II had married Elisabeth Richeza of Poland after the death of Judith of Habsburg, to create an alliance with some Polish nobles, so he could remain King. While on campaign in Poland, the sixteen year old Wenceslaus III was assassinated. Władysław I the Elbow-high became King of Poland.

Kunigunde fostered her niece, the orphaned Elisabeth of Bohemia, who went to live with her in the Monastery of St. George. Kunigunde acted as a big influence in Elisabeth's life. Elisabeth then went to live with her elder sister, Anna, Elisabeth Richeza and Wenceslaus III's widow Viola Elisabeth of Cieszyn.

On 20 April 1313, Kunigunde's estranged husband, Boleslaw died and divied his estate amongst his three sons. Kunigunde's son, Wenceslaus received the County of Plockmarker.

Elisabeth of Bohemia went onto marry John of Luxembourg and became Queen of Bohemia.

Kunigunde died 27 November 1321 aged fifty-six, she was outlived by her eldest two children: Wenceslaus and Euphrosyne.

Kunigunde was great-grandmother to Jadwiga of Żagań, wife of Casimir III of Poland. Jadwiga was mother of Anna of Poland, Countess of Celje.

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