Wednesday, November 24, 2010

700 years ago...

...Count Jean de Luxembourg (aka John the Blind and John of Bohemia) became king of Bohemia. This marked the beginning of the Luxembourg dynasty in Bohemia. He was an important figure and his life is interesting from a historical perspective. The journey of his mortal remains to their final resting place is intriguing enough to merit giving him a good google. A brief but informative history was compiled to mark the 700th anniversary of the wedding of John of Luxembourg to Elisabeth of Premyslides.

The Czech Republic has been celebrating the anniversary of accession of the Luxembourg dynasty all year. Many exhibits and seminars were arranged. I wish I had been able to see the exhibit on royal marriage. I think the seminar on life in the 14th century royal court would have been a nice way to spend an afternoon. I like history but I love royal history.

Henri is visiting Prague today. President Vaclav Klaus will receive The Grand Duke at Prague Castle. The visit coincides with the 700th anniversary celebrations.

I've only just started blogging again. Please, be patient with me. I will update with pictures, news and links for all the events that I have missed. I just have to get through finals and Thanksgiving before I return to my normally up-to-date blogging.


  1. I'm planning to visit this exhibition Royal Marriage. Hope I will have time for it, but there are really good openning hours so it shouldn't be problem for me... I will write you then my experiences about it;-)

  2. Actually, the Counts of Laurenburg are the ancestors of the House of Nassau. The House itself has no exact founding date because births and deaths are either not recorded or the records have been destroyed. Because of that, the founding date is the first mention in annals found in an abbey in 1093. The dynasty of Nassau only got the name about fifty years later due to their seat at Nassau Castle.

    The "de Luxembourgs" have no relation to the House of Nassau as it is today. The House of Luxembourg (later Limburg-Luxembourg) went extinct in 1453 with Emperor Sigismund, THEN came the Habsburgs and then, much later, the Nassaus. There were no marriages between the House of Luxembourg (Limburg-Luxembourg) and the House of Nassau, no issue.

    Keep doing your project :-)

  3. I know the history of the House of Nassau, but I love when someone else takes enough interest to also write about it. I actually think I invest way too much time on digging around in it. :) I wasn't implying that one house founded the other. Jean, Count of Luxembourg became King of Bohemia and founded that dynasty in Bohemia. They've been celebrating the accession in Czech for more than a year. It seems only fitting that the current monarch of Luxembourg participate in the celebrations in some fashion.

    I think I should steal your comment and include it in my forthcoming entry about the second day of Henri's visit to Czech for the 700th celebrations. ;)

    The government of Luxembourg publishes a nice brochure on the history of the monarchy in Luxembourg. It is simple and fairly short. It includes information from the founding of Luxembourg to the present. I recommend it to anyone interested.