Kunigunde of Eisenberg

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Kunigunde of Eisenberg
Spouse(s) Albert II, Margrave of Meissen
Father Otto of Eisenberg
Born c. 1245
Died 1286
Buried St. Catherine monastery in Eisenach

Kunigunde of Eisenberg (also known as Kunne; c. 1245 – 1286) was a German noblewoman. She was a daughter of Otto of Eisenberg and the second wife of Landgrave Albert II of Thuringia.


Kunigunde was a lady-in-waiting of Albert's first wife, Margaret of Sicily. She managed to draw Albert's attention to herself and became his mistress, and bore him two illegitimate children. This caused the breakup of Albert's first marriage.

Margaret left her husband on 24 June 1270. According to legend, she bit her son Frederick I in the cheek before she left; this explains his nickname "Frederick the Bitten" (German: Friedrich der Gebissene). She died six weeks later in Frankfurt am Main. This made it possible for Albert to marry Kunigunde, despite the fact that she was of lower rank.

Kunigunde died in 1286 and was buried in the St. Catherine monastery in Eisenach.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Kunigunde married Albert in 1274. Their two children were born before they married, and were later legitimized:

  1. Elisabeth (before 1270 – c. 23 April 1326, married before 11 April 1291 to Henry II of Frankenstein (d. 23 April 1326)
  2. Albert, nicknamed Apitz, (before 1270 – between 1301 and 1305), Lord of Tenneberg from 1290, buried in the St. Catherine monastery in Eisenach

Albert to Apitz above his sons from his first marriage, and tried to leave most of his territories to Apitz. This led to a feud between Albert and his sons.


  • W. K. v. Isenburg: Europäische Stammtafeln, vol. I, table 45, Marburg, 1953, reprinted: 1965
  • O. Posse: Die Wettiner, Leipzig, 1897, reprinted: 1994
  • D. Schwennicke: Europäische Stammtafeln, vol. 11, table 152, Marburg, 1998
  • Cronica Reinhardsbrunnensis 1283, MGH SS XXX.1, p. 635.

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