Original Name Rikissa Swantoslawa Boleslavna of Poland
Death 1160 (aged 43–44)
Burial Ödeshögs kommun, Östergötlands län, Sweden
Memorial ID 15927613 · View Source
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Queen of Sweden. She was originally a princess of Poland of the Piast Dynasty, also called Rixa, and the daughter of Boleslaw III Wrymouth and Salome, originally of Berg-Schelklingen. Her four brothers shared rule in Poland after their father's death in 1139. About twelve years before that, Richeza was married to the Danish prince who was King Magnus I of Sweden, becoming his Queen Consort during a short and shaky reign. She had two sons by him. The elder of them was later Canute V of Denmark for ten years, one of which was spent in exile in Sweden from 1150, where his mother then had become Queen again (see below). First, after Magnus had fallen in battle in 1134, she married Grand Duke Walter or Oswald or Waldemar (Wolodar Glyebovitch or Wsewolod II Olgovitch or Vladimir) of Halicka Land, around Minsk, and had a daughter Sophia by him, who became Queen of Denmark and the mother of a future Swedish queen named for Richeza. The Grand Duke died and she returned from White Russia to Denmark in 1146 to see Canute become King there. Three years later she was back in Sweden and married King Sweartgar I, whose first queen Wolfhilda had died a year earlier. By him she had another son, Boleslaw named for her father, who was proclaimed King of Sweden after her death, for a year or so around 1167 (when he either was killed or withdrew and lived until 1173). By her death, the year of which is an approximation here (probably between 1157-1160), she had survived three husbands, two of which were assassinated. She was the mother of two kings both of sad destinies, but the mother-in-law of a third whose fate with her daughter was a much better one. Her burial as listed in the Sweartgarian graves at Alvastra is reasonably factual.

Bio by: Count Demitz

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