Catherine of Poděbrady

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Catherine of Poděbrady
Queen consort of Hungary and Croatia
Věnceslav Černý - Odchod Kateřiny, dcery Jiříkovy, z domova do Uher.jpg
Catherine leaving her father and stepmother to live in Hungary
Born11 November 1449
Died8 March 1464(1464-03-08) (aged 14)
SpouseMatthias Corvinus of Hungary
FatherGeorge of Poděbrady
MotherKunigunde of Sternberg

Catherine of Poděbrady (11 November 1449 – 8 March 1464,[1]) was the second wife of Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary.


Catherine and her twin sister Sidonie were born at Poděbrady, to the Bohemian king George of Poděbrady and his first wife, Kunigunde of Šternberk. Kunigunde died from complications of the birth. George of Poděbrady eventually remarried; his second wife, Joanna of Rožmitál, bore George more children, including Ludmila of Poděbrady.

Matthias Corvinus had lost his wife, Elisabeth of Cilli, at a young age.[2] On 1 May 1461 he married Catherine at Matthias Church[3] in Buda. Matthias was eighteen, his bride thirteen. The wedding negotiations had begun in 1458 when Catherine was nine years old. Soon after the marriage, Catherine left her family and went to live in Hungary with her new husband. Janus Pannonius helped teach Catherine Latin.[4]

The queen died in childbirth at the age of 15. Her child died as well. The event caused Matthias to lose hope of siring a legitimate heir. He eventually married Beatrice of Naples, but that marriage also failed to produce an heir. Matthias's only surviving offspring was an illegitimate son, John Corvinus, by his mistress Barbara Edelpöck.


  1. ^ Cawley, Charles, BOHEMIA, Medieval Lands, Medieval Lands database, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy,[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Kubinyi 2008, p. 25.
  3. ^ Matthias Church
  4. ^ Translation from Czech Wikipedia
Catherine of Poděbrady
Born: 1449 Died: 1464
Royal titles
Preceded by
Elizabeth of Luxembourg
Queen consort of Hungary
Succeeded by
Beatrice of Naples