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Catherine of Poděbrady

Catherine of Poděbrady
Queen consort of Hungary and Croatia
Catherine leaving her father and stepmother to live in Hungary
Tenure 1463–1464
Born 11 November 1449
Died 8 March 1464 (aged 14)
Spouse Matthias Corvinus of Hungary
House House of Podiebrad
Father George of Poděbrady
Mother Kunigunde of Sternberg

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


Catherine and her twin sister Ludmila of Poděbrady.

Matthias Corvinus had lost his fiancee, King of Bohemia if he married Catherine. Soon after the marriage, Catherine left her family and went to live in Hungary with her new husband. Janus Pannonius helped teach Catherine Latin.[3]

The queen was very young, so she played little part in the politics of her husband's two kingdoms. She died in childbirth at the age of 14. Her child died soon after birth 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 a mistress named Barbara.


  1. ^ Cawley, Charles, BOHEMIA, Medieval Lands, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, retrieved August 2012 ,
  2. ^ Matthias Church
  3. ^ Translation from Czech WorldHeritage
Catherine of Poděbrady
Born: 1449 Died: 1464
Royal titles
Preceded by
Elizabeth of Luxembourg
Queen consort of Hungary
Succeeded by
Beatrice of Naples
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