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Constance of Austria


Constance of Austria (German: Konstanza ; Polish: Konstancja ; December 24, 1588 – July 10, 1631) was queen of Polandstrong class="error">


Constance of Austria (German: Konstanza ; Polish: Konstancja ; December 24, 1588 – July 10, 1631) was queen of Poland as the second wife of King Sigismund III Vasa and the mother of King John II Casimir.

Biography

Constance was a daughter of Charles II of Austria and Maria Anna of Bavaria. Her paternal grandparents were Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor and Anna of Bohemia and Hungary (1503–1547). Anne was the only daughter of King Vladislaus II of Bohemia and Hungary and his wife Anne de Foix. Her maternal grandparents were Albert V, Duke of Bavaria and Anne Habsburg of Austria.

Constance was also a younger sister of Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor, Margaret of Austria, Leopold V of Austria and Anna of Austria.

Her older sister Anna was the first wife of king Sigismund III Vasa. After her death Constance and Sigismund III Vasa were married on December 11, 1605.

They had seven children:

  1. John Casimir (25 Dec 1607 – 14 Jan 1608)
  2. John Casimir (1609–1672), (reigned 1648–1668 as John Casimir II Vasa of Poland)
  3. John Albert (1612–1634)
  4. Charles Ferdinand (1613–1655)
  5. Alexander Charles (1614–1634)
  6. Anna Constance (26 Jan 1616 – 24 May 1616)
  7. Anna Catherine Constance (1619–1651)

Queen Constance was an ambitious politician. Immediately after the wedding, she made efforts to influence policy. She built

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