Kunigunde of Austria
() (16 March 1465 – 6 August 1520) was an Austrian Archduchess
member of the House of Habsburg
and by marriage Duchess
and since 1503 over all Bavaria.
She was the daughter of Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor
and King of Germany, by his wife Eleanor
, daughter of King Edward of Portugal
Born in Wiener Neustadt
, Kunigunde was the fourth of five children born to the Imperial couple; however, only she and her older brother Maximilian
survived to adulthood. She grew up in an informal and open atmosphere, without rigid court etiquette. Contrary to former practice, she learned not only to read, write, and embroider, but also received instruction in riding and hunting
.Sigrid-Maria Größing: Um Krone und Liebe
. Amalthea Verlag.
Like most daughters of royal families, since her early years Kunigunde was involved in the political intrigues of her time. In 1470
King Matthias Corvinus
requested her hand; however, Frederick III refused him. At the age of fifteen, in 1480, Kunigunde made her formal presentation in Vienna
during the visit of George, Duke of Bavaria
, called "the Rich" to Frederick III's court. After the celebrations she was sent to Graz
for her safety; however, after a plot against the Emperor was discovered, he moved to Linz
and sent Kunigunde to Innsbruck
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