Catherine of Bosnia, Countess of Cilli

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Catherine of Bosnia (Bosnian: Katarina Kotromanić; Slovenian: Katarina Celjska-Kotromanićka) was a Bosnian noblewoman. She was Countess of Cilli by her marriage to Hermann I, Count of Cilli, and a member of the House of Kotromanić by birth.


It is known that Catherine was of Bosnian origin, but her parentage is disputed. Some [1] believe that Catherine was the daughter of Vladislav Kotromanić and his wife Jelena Šubić. Others [2] believe she was the second daughter of Stephen II, Ban of Bosnia, and his third wife Elizabeth of Kuyavia. If Catherine was a daughter of Stephen, she is the sister of Queen Elizabeth of Hungary; if she was a daughter of Vladislav, she was sister of King Tvrtko I of Bosnia.

Catherine's parentage is not clear because there is no evidence to link Catherine to either of the couples.[3]


Catherine was married in 1361 to Hermann I, Count of Cilli (Celje). The couple were married for twenty-three years and had at least two children:

  1. Hans of Cilli, died young
  2. Hermann II, Count of Cilli, married Countess Anna of Schaunberg and became father of Holy Roman Empress Barbara.

There is a famous coin with Catherine's image which confirms that Catherine died in the 15th century.[4]


  1. ^ Katarina of Bosnia, Genealogics - Leo van de Pas
  2. ^ Marek, Miroslav. "Balkan 2". Genealogy.EU. [self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ Cawley, Charles, BOSNIA, Medieval Lands, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, retrieved August 2012 ,[better source needed]
  4. ^ International Numismatic Commission: A Survey of numismatic research, 1978-1984: Ancient, medieval and modern numismatics (Katharine von Celje-Kotromanic" und ihr Siegel); 1986