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Sobieski Family Polish Royalty

March 19, 2012 by staff 

Sobieski Family Polish Royalty, Sobieski family of Janina coat of arms, also known as House of Sobieski due to their royalty connections, were a notable family of Polish nobility. According to the family’s legend, disproved by modern historians, it traced its lineage to Polish duke, Leszek II the Black.

The family reached height of its power and importance in late 16th and 17th centuries, when one of its members were elected king of Poland: John III Sobieski (Jan III Sobieski). The last male member of the branch of the family that begun with John’s grandfather, Marek Sobieski, in 16th century, was Jakub Ludwik Sobieski (1667–1737).

Notable members:

Marek Sobieski (1549/1550–1605), voivode of Lublin, father of Jakub Sobieski
Jakub Sobieski (1590–1646), father of King John III Sobieski
John III Sobieski, King of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1674 to 1696
Katarzyna Sobieska (1634–1694), sister of King John
Marek Sobieski (1628–1652), brother of King John
Aleksander Benedykt Sobieski (1677–1714), son of King John III Sobieski
Jakub Ludwik Sobieski (James Louis Henry Sobieski (1667–1737), another son of King John III Sobieski and last member of the family’s branch started with Marek Sobieski
Teresa Kunegunda Sobieska (1676–1730), Polish princess
Maria Klementyna Sobieska (1702–1735), wife of James Francis Edward Stuart, the Old Pretender
Maria Karolina Sobieska (1696–1740) duchess of Bouillon and last surviving member of the family.

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