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Adelaide of Hesse
Queen consort of Poland
Tenure 1341-1356
Coronation 29 September 1341
Spouse Casimir III of Poland
House House of Hesse (by birth)
House of Piast (by marriage)
Father Henry II, Landgrave of Hesse
Mother Elisabeth of Thuringia
Born 1324
Died 1371 (aged 46-47)

Adelaide of Hesse (1324-1371) was a daughter of Henry II, Landgrave of Hesse, and his wife Elisabeth of Thuringia. Adelaide was a member of the House of Hesse.

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Unhappy marriage

On 29 September 1341, Adelaide married Casimir III the Great, King of Poland. This was Casimir's second marriage, after the death of his first wife, Aldona of Lithuania. Casimir had no male heir, though he had two daughters, Elizabeth and Kunigunde. On 29 September 1341, Adelaide was crowned in Poznań Cathedral. The marriage was very unhappy, Casimir started living separately from Adelaide soon after their marriage.

Divorce

Their loveless marriage lasted until 1356. Casimir effectively divorced Adelaide and married his mistress Christina. Christina was the widow of Miklusz Rokiczani, a wealthy merchant.

Casimir continued living with Christine despite complains by Pope Innocent VI on behalf of Adelaide. The marriage lasted until 1363/1364 when Casimir again declared himself divorced. They had no children. In about 1365, Casimir married his fourth wife Jadwiga (Hedwig) of Żagań. This marriage produced another three daughters.

With Adelaide still alive and Christine possibly surviving, the marriage to Jadwiga was also considered bigamous. The legitimacy of the three last daughters was disputed. Casimir managed to have two of his daughters, Anna and Kunigunde legitimated by Pope Urban V on 5 December 1369. Jadwiga the younger was legitimated by Pope Gregory XI on 11 October 1371.

Later life

After the annulment of her marriage, Adelaide went back home to Hesse. After her ex husband's death, she fought for her property rights. She spent the rest of her life in Hesse until her death in 1371, aged around forty-seven.

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Adelaide of Hesse
Born: 1324
Royal titles
Preceded by
Aldona of Lithuania
Queen consort of Poland
1341–1356
Succeeded by
Christina Rokiczana

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