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Elizabeth A.Sackler Center for Feminist Art


b. 1234, Esztergom, Hungary; d. 1292, Stary Sacz, Poland

Cunegund (also called Kinga) was born in Esztergom, the daughter of Bela IV, king of Hungary. She married Boleslaus V, future king of Poland, and convinced him to join her in a vow of chastity. Cunegund governed with Boleslaus and spent much of her time tending to the poor and the ill. When he died in 1279, she renounced her title and founded a Poor Clare monastery at Stary Sacz, where she remained until her death.