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Beatrice of Burgundy (1143-1184) was the second wife of Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor. She used her position to encourage literature and chivalric ideals and often accompanied her husband on various trips throughout their kingdom. She definitely had influence on the King. The two had eleven children:

Beatrice (1162-1174)

Frederick V, Duke of Swabia (1164-1170)

Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor (1165-1197)

Conrad (1167-1191)

Otto I, Count of Burgundy (1170-1200)

Conrad II, Duke of Swabia (1172-1196)

Renaud (died in infancy, 1173)

William (died in infancy, 1176)

Philip of Swabia (1177-1208)

Agnes (1181-1184)

But what I find the most interesting thing about this woman is poem written about her on her wedding day:

“Venus did not have this virgin’s beauty,

Minerva did not have her brilliant mind

And Juno did not have her wealth.

There never was another except God’s mother Mary

And Beatrice is so happy she excels her.”

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