Unlike her brother, Wenceslas IV, Anne of Bohemia was a kind and thoughtful monarch, and one whose early death was mourned by many, including her husband, King Richard II of England. Anne was born on May 11, 1366. She was the oldest daughter of the King of Bohemia (and, later, Holy Roman Emperor) Charles IV and his fourth wife, Elizabeth of Pomerania. Her marriage to Richard II was, as all royal marriages in those days, an arranged one. Politics played a heavy part in the match; Wenceslas IV supported Pope Urban VI, as did the English. Both countries hoped that, by marrying Anne to Richard, they could form an alliance against the French, who supported Clement, the Pope of Avignon.Read more.

In 1382, Anne of Bohemia (daughter of the powerful King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV) married King Richard II of England. With this royal alliance came increased communication between the two countries. Czech students attended English universities, and English students attended Charles University. Far more importantly, the works of English authors were translated into Czech. This was to have a lasting effect on this small country. Jan Hus came from Husinec, moving to Prague when he was very young. He was a student at Charles University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1393, and a Master’s degree in 1396. Having been ordained as a priest in 1400, Hus quickly began to preach reformation of the CatholicRead more.