Anne of Bohemia

(1366—1394) queen of England, first consort of Richard II.

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Queen of England, b. 11 May 1366, da. of emperor Charles IV and Elizabeth of Pomerania; m. Richard II, 20 Jan. 1382; d. Sheen, 7 June 1394; bur. Westminster abbey.

Though Anne's marriage was very much a matter of state, it became one of deep affection. The chronicler of Westminster remarked sourly that England had paid a great deal for ‘this tiny scrap of humanity’. Her early death, possibly from plague, was a great blow to Richard, who ordered the manor house at Sheen where she died to be pulled down, and erected a magnificent tomb in Westminster abbey.

Subjects: British History — Literary Studies (Early and Medieval).

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