Kunigunde of Sternberg

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

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.


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) (also known as Sidonie of Poděbrady)

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.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Adolf Bachmann (1878), "George of Poděbrady", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German) 8, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 602–610