Anna Catherine Constance Vasa
Anna Catherine Constance Vasa of Poland (Polish: Anna Katarzyna Konstancja Waza; 7 August 1619 in Warsaw – 8 October 1651 in Cologne) was a Polish princess, daughter of King Sigismund III Vasa and his second wife Constance of Austria.
|Anne Catherine Constance Vasa|
Portrait by Johannes Spilberg, ca. 1648.
|Born||7 August 1619|
|Died||8 October 1651 (aged 32)|
|Spouse||Philip William, Elector Palatine|
|Father||Sigismund III Vasa|
|Mother||Constance of Austria|
After the successive deaths of her mother (1631) and father (1632), and in order to secure her upkeeping according to her rank, in 1632 the parliament bestowed her with the counties of Brodnickie, Gołubskie and Tucholskie, which previously had belonged to her mother; however, she only came into possession of them when she came of age in 1638.
Since 1637, a marriage was suggested between Anne Catherine Constance and Ferdinand Charles, Archduke of Austria, heir of Tyrol and nephew of Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor. Despite arrangements in 1639 and 1642, the marriage never actually took place, because of the age of Charles Ferdinand and because of disagreement about the amount of dowry.
Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg and Gaston, Duke of Orléans (brother of King Louis XIII of France) were also candidates for her hand, but finally Anne Catherine Constance married Philip William, Elector Palatine in Warsaw on 8 June 1642. She brought a considerable dowry in jewels and cash, calculated at a total of 2 million thalers. On 18 July 1645 she gave birth her only child, a son, who died the same day.
|Ancestors of Anna Catherine Constance Vasa|
- S. Ochmann-Staniszewska: Dynastia Wazów w Polsce (The Vasa dynasty in Poland), PWN, Warsaw 2007, pp. 165-167.
- Zygmunt Wdowiszewski: Genealogia Jagiellonów i Domu Wazów w Polsce (Genealogy of the Jagiellonian dynasty and the House of Vasa in Poland), Kraków 2005, p. 236.
- Complete Genealogy of the House of Wittelsbach (retrieved 17 June 2014).