Ludmilla of Bohemia

Remembrance Day orthodox/Catholic: 16. September

Name means: the love for the people (Slavic)

Duchess of Bohemia, martyr

Patroness: of Bohemia, the educator and mothers

Attributes: Cloth with hanging ends around the neck, rope


* c. 860 in Bohemia
15 September 921 in Tetín near Beraun, today’s Beroun in the Czech Republic

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


Ludmilla, the wife of the first Christian duke of Bohemia, Bořivoj I of the Premyslid dynasty, baptized by Methodius, was probably baptized together with her husband. She was the guardian of the Christian tradition in the Premyslid family and ruled after the death of her husband around 889 as regent for her underage children until her son Spytihněv I took over the reign in 894, which was then followed by his brother Vratislav I. After his death in 921, Ludmilla was entrusted with the guardianship and education of her grandson Wenzeslaus. Subjected to the jealousy and hatred of his mother, Ludmilla’s pagan daughter-in-law and regent Drahomira, Ludmilla withdrew to Tetín and was strangled in 921 at Drahomira’s instigation by two murderers at the castle in Tetín. After her death, Ludmila was buried on the wall of her house in Tetín. In 925, Prince Wenzeslaus had her bones transferred to St. George’s Church at the castle in Prague. In Tetín, a stone church was built in the 13th century on the site of Ludmila’s tomb, where a wooden church once stood, which is now dedicated to John Nepomuk. Since the end of the 12th century, Ludmila has been venerated as the patron saint of Bohemia.


Joachim Schäfer: Article Ludmilla von Böhmen, from the Ecumenical Dictionary of Saints –

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