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Judith of Thüringen

* after 1135, †1174

During 1158–73 Czech Queen. Daughter of landgrafen Ludwig I, the second wife of Vladislav II since 1153, after his coronation (1158) the Czech Queen. She was very talented, educated and extremely emancipated for her time; when the king was absent, she frequently substituted for him in political matters. She influenced the Prague cultural life; in addition to the construction of the stone bridge in Prague, she had merit in the founding of the monastery at Teplice (she was buried there). After Vladislav abdicated, she left with him for Thüringen to her ancestral estates. The legend has it that it was her who had founded and built Judith Bridge; it is not probable, however, that she could afford to finance such an expensive undertaking.

 

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