Anne of Bohemia, Queen of England

The Freelance History Writer

Anne of Bohemia and her husband King Richard II of England Anne of Bohemia and her husband King Richard II of England

King Richard II’s first wife Anne has the distinction of being the only English queen from Bohemia. The marriage was a by-product of the schism within the Papacy in the fourteenth century. When the young Anne came to England, one of the chroniclers described her as a “scrap of humanity”.

Anne was born on May 11, 1366 in Prague. She was the eldest daughter of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia and his fourth wife, Elizabeth of Pomerania. Much of Anne’s childhood was spent in the Hradschin Palace in the newly transformed and prosperous city of Prague. Emperor Charles had built new districts as well as the Cathedral of St. Vitus and a university. Anne was mostly under the care of her step-brother Wenceslaus at court, where she received an education and most likely witnessed the…

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