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The End of the Habsburgs

In 1306, after the murder of Elizabeth's brother Wenceslaus, Elizabeth's brother-in-law Henry became King of Bohemia. Elizabeth was now the only single princess in the family, she was fourteen years of age so was a good age to marry and she became one of the key players in the power disputes for the Kingdom of Bohemia.The quarrels of the Bohemian throne between Henry of Bohemia and Rudolph of Habsburg resulted in Rudolph taking Bohemia and marrying Queen Elizabeth Richeza. Elizabeth went to live in Prague Castle with her brother's widow, Viola Elisabeth of Cieszyn. But in 1307 the throne returned to her brother-in-law and sister, because of Rudolph's death. They wanted Elizabeth to marry the lord of Bergova (Otto of Löbdaburg) for political reasons. Elizabeth refused to marry Otto and so Elizabeth and Anne fell out with each other.An opposition group was formed against Henry and Anne, with Elizabeth as the figurehead.Elizabeth fled to Poland and married the son of her father's former enemy, Wladyslaw the Elbowhigh, Stephen of Poland. Elizabeth knew Anna and Henry's weaknesses and this marriage was one of them. The wedding took place on September 1310, Wladyslaw the Elbowhigh raided Bohemia supporting his son's claim to the Bohemian crown. In 1310 Elisabeth's sister Margareth was married to Wladyslaw the second son of Wladyslaw the Elbowhigh was styled as the Duke of Moravia after their marriage.

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