Sigismund III Vasa
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Sigismund Vasa (1566 - 1632)

Sigismund (Sigismund III) "King of Sweden and Poland" Vasa
Born in Gripsholm Castle, Swedenmap
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Husband of — married 31 May 1592 in Krakaumap
Husband of — married 11 Dec 1605 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Warsaw, Polandmap
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Preceded by
István Báthory
King of Poland, Grand Duke of Lithuania
18 September 1587-19 April 1632
Succeeded by
Władysław IV
Preceded by
Johan III
King of Sweden
1592 - 1599
Succeeded by
Karl IX


Sigismund III Vasa (Polish: Zygmunt III Waza, Lithuanian: Žygimantas Vaza, English exonym: Sigmund; 20 June 1566 – 30 April 1632 N.S.) was King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, a monarch of the united Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1587 to 1632, and King of Sweden (where he is known simply as Sigismund) from 1592 until he was deposed in 1599. He was the son of King John III of Sweden and his first wife, Catherine Jagellonica of Poland.

He was born at Gripsholm during his parents' imprisonment by King Eric XIV. His mother, Katarzyna Jagiellonka, was the daughter of Sigismund I the Old and his wife Bona Sforza. The Jagiellon dynasty had held the crown of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth since the first Jagiellon ruler, Władysław II Jagiełło, had received it in 1386 through his wife Jadwiga Angevin.

Marriages and Descendants

Sigismund married twice. Firstly, on 31 May 1592, to Anna of Austria (1573–1598), daughter of Archduke Charles II of Austria (1540–1590) and his wife Maria Anna of Bavaria (1551-1608). They had five children:

  1. . Anne Marie (Polish: Anna Maria; 23 May 1593 – 9 February 1600)
  2. . Catherine (Polish: Katarzyna; 9 May 1594 – 5 June 1594)
  3. . Vladislaus (Polish: Władysław; 9 June 1595 – 20 May 1648), reigned 1632–1648 as Władysław IV Waza of Poland
  4. . Catherine (Polish: Katarzyna; 27 September 1596 – 11 June 1597)
  5. . Christopher (Polish: Krzysztof; 10 February 1598)

And secondly, on 11 December 1605, to his first wife's sister, Constance of Austria (1588–1631). They had seven children:

  1. . John Casimir (Polish: Jan Kazimierz; 25 December 1607 – 14 January 1608)
  2. . John Casimir (Polish: Jan Kazimierz; 22 May 1609 – 1672), reigned 1648–1668 as John II Casimir Vasa of Poland
  3. . John Albert (Polish: Jan Albert/Olbracht; 25 May 1612 – 22 December 1634)
  4. . Charles Ferdinand (Polish: Karol Ferdynand; 13 October 1613 – 9 May 1655)
  5. . Alexander Charles (Polish: Aleksander Karol; 4 November 1614 – 19 November 1634)
  6. . Anna Constance (Polish: Anna Konstancja; 26 January 1616 – 24 May 1616)
  7. . Anna Catherine Constance (Polish: Anna Katarzyna Konstancja; 7 August 1619 – 8 October 1651) was the first wife of Philip William, Elector Palatine.


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Van Polen Wasa-1 and Vasa-39 appear to represent the same person because: They are the same person - Vasa is the preferred Last Name at Birth
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