Kunigunde of Sternberg

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Kunigunde of Sternberg
Kunhuta ze Šternberka.jpg
Spouse George of Poděbrady
Father Smil of Sternberg
Mother Barbara of Pardubice
Born (1425-11-18)18 November 1425
Konopiště
Died 19 November 1449(1449-11-19) (aged 24)
Poděbrady

Kunigunde of Sternberg (Czech: Kunhuta ze Šternberka; 18 November 1425, Konopiště – 19 November 1449, Poděbrady) was the first wife of George of Poděbrady, who later became King of Bohemia.

Life[edit]

Kunigunde's parents were the Bohemian nobles Smil of Sternberg († 1431) and Barbara of Pardubice († 1433). In 1441 she married then 21-year-old George of Poděbrady, who had been captain of the old Bohemian circle of Stará Boleslav[1] since 1440. This marriage produced three sons:

and three daughters:

  • Barbara (1446–1474), married first with Henry of Lipé (Jindřich z Lipé, † 1469), and second with Jan Křinecký of Ronov
  • Catherine (1449–1464) and
  • Zdenka (1449–1510)

In 1444 Kunigunde founded a hospital in Poděbrady. It was named after her and remained in operation until the beginning of the 20th Century. She also established a foundation for youth education, school construction and rehabilitation of prisoners.

She died in 1449, the day after her twenty-fourth birthday and several days after giving birth to twin daughters, and was buried in the parish church Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Poděbrady.

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