Could stories of Queen Katarina come from actual Bosnian royal woman Katarina Kotromanić, daughter of Ban Stephen II of Bosnia which married with Herman I Count of Celje a rather rich dynasty (among the richest in HRE) which might explain the first legend where she gives coins to the poor? Just hypothesis nothing that i claim to be the absolute truth.

The First Legend
One morning, Queen Katarina ordered her servant to saddle her horse, setting off towards the villages around Bobovac. Everyone wondered about that beautiful girl dressed in a white cloak on a white horse, but no one recognized her; finally, she arrived in the village of Očevje – the old blacksmith’s mine, or majdan – and entered the first water mill she encountered. When she saw the people living in such poverty, she gave to every child a single golden coin.


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