Libuše is said to have been the daughter of the equally mythical Czech ruler Krok, and the youngest sister among his other daughters, the healer Kazi and the magician Teta. She was chosen by her father as his successor (a judge). Although she proved herself as a wise chieftain, the male part of the tribe was displeased that their ruler was a woman. They asked Libuše to choose a male prince for the people, and she pointed to Přemysl from the village of Stadice. Two grandees found Přemysl and brought him to the princely palace. Přemysl the Ploughman thus became ruler; Libuše married him and became the mother of
Nezamysl. This was the beginning of the Přemyslid dynastyin the Czech lands.
Libuše was the wisest of the three sisters and prophesied the foundation of Prague from her castle
Libušín(according to later legends Vyšehrad).
The story of Libuše and Přemysl was recounted in detail by
Cosmas of Praguein his "Chronica Boëmorum" (XII c.).
The mythical figure of Libuše gave material for several dramatic works, including a
tragedyby Franz Grillparzer, an operaby Bedřich Smetanaand a novel by Miloš Urban, "Pole a palisáda".
Libuše is also the name of a Czech community in
Rapides Parish, Louisiana.
List of Czech rulers
* [http://czechmuseum.com/ Libuse, Louisiana Czech Museum]
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