Royal Marriage - Exhibition of Luxembourg
700 Years of Royal Wedding Anniversary Exhibition
Fourteen years old Jan, son of the count and Emperor Henry VII of Luxembourg married 18 years old Elizabeth of Premysl on September 1, 1310 at Spyr. She was the last unmarried princess of Premysl clan. Very proud and confident Czech nobility waiting for them in Prague surprised a young couple. Even though John was a talented and educated young man, he was unable to handle harsh environment. He became the first Czech ruler who allowed nobility to present an electoral capitulation, which called for restrictions on the sovereign power.
The relationship of John and Elizabeth of Bohemia was not happy. They were too different in nature and both had a different view in politics. The marriage fell apart in 1319 after their second son was born. Jan suspected Elizabeth of getting their firstborn son, Wenceslas ready for taking over the government. He was right. Elizabeth moved to the castle Loket, where violence broke away and Jan took their three older children. Son Wenceslaus, who was then three years, was imprisoned and then drove to the French Court. He knew that Wenceslas was brought up by his mother to hate him. Elizabeth bore John three children - John Henry and twin daughters Anna and Elizabeth.
Jan's disappointment in marriage was negatively reflected in his later life and in relation to Bohemia. He began to keep unruly life, and did not trust women. In 1333 John was forced to hand the government over to his son Wenceslas/ called Charles. In 1341, the already blind king established the heir of the Bohemian kingdom could only be Charles and his descendants.