Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia (1596-1662), Daughter of James I
Sitter associated with 45 portraits
Elizabeth was the only surviving daughter of James I. In 1613 she married Frederick, the Protestant ruler of the Palatinate, an area of present-day Germany. In 1619, following a rebellion against the Catholic Habsburg rulers, Frederick accepted the throne of Bohemia. He and Elizabeth were expelled after less than a year, however, in one of the early battles of the Thirty Years' War. Living in exile in The Hague, Elizabeth came to be seen as an ideal Protestant heroine; her hardships in exile, combined with her beauty, made her a legend in England as 'The Winter Queen'. Her large family of children included Prince Rupert and Princess Sophia, the mother of King George I.
by Balthasar Moncornet, published by Michel van Lochom
etching, 1624 or after