Bohemia

Viola of Teschen – An unlikely Queen

In 1305, the young king Wenceslaus III of Bohemia wed Viola of Teschen much to the surprise and disapproval of his subjects.  For years he had been betrothed to the heiress of Hungary, Elizabeth.  He was even still betrothed to her when he married Viola.  What made him chose Viola, a daughter of one of [read more]

Adelheid of Meissen

Lost Kingdoms – Kingdom of Bohemia

The Kingdom of Bohemia was founded in 1198 from the Duchy of Bohemia by Ottokar I of Bohemia. It was officially recognised in 1212 by the Golden Bull of Sicily. Ottokar was married to Adelheid of Meissen. They had four daughters and divorced in 1199. Adelheid was thus the first Queen consort of Bohemia but did [read more]

Elisabeth of Bohemia

Elisabeth of Bohemia’s family strife

Elisabeth of Bohemia was born on 20 January 1292, the fifth of ten children of Wenceslaus II of Bohemia and Judith of Habsburg. Out of the ten, only Elisabeth, a brother Wenceslaus, and two sisters, Anne and Margaret survived childhood. When Elisabeth was five, her mother died in childbirth. Her father remarried to Elisabeth-Richeza of [read more]