Hedwig of Sagan
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|Hedwig of Sagan|
|Queen consort of Poland|
|Spouse||Casimir III of Poland
Rupert I of Legnica
|Issue||Anna, Countess of Celje
Kunigunde of Poland
Hedwig of Poland
Barbara, Duchess of Saxe-Wittenberg
Agnes of Legnica
|House||House of Piast|
|Father||Henry V of Iron|
|Mother||Anna of Mazovia|
|Died||27 March 1390 (aged 39-40)
Hedwig was the third of five children born to Henry V of Iron and his wife Anna, daughter of Duke Wenceslaus of Płock. Her brothers were Henry VI the Older, Henry VII Rumpold, Henry VIII the Sparrow, and her only sister was Anna, wife of Jan I of Racibórz..
Hedwig married Casimir III of Poland around 1365. Casimir wished to marry Hedwig because it would to strengthen his ties with Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor. Marrying Hedwig was a problem for Casimir, for he was still legally married to his second and third wives: Christina and Adelaide of Hesse. Casimir forged a papal dispensation because he was related to Hedwig by a fourth degree. The pope would not have granted them one.
Casimir's second wife Adelaide had not produced him any children and the marriage was loveless, they spent most their marriage apart from each other. His third wife was his mistress, Christina who was the widow of a wealthy merchant. She also did not give Casimir children. Casimir did already have two daughters Elizabeth and Cunigunde from his first marriage to Aldona of Lithuania, who had died. Casimir needed a son so he married Jadwiga. However, Casimir was committing bigamy. Pope Innocent VI complained on behalf of Adelaide, it is unknown whether Christina was still alive at the time.
In 1368 Pope Urban V allowed Casimir to stay with Hedwig since his marriage to Christina was invalid. Adelaide died in 1371.
Casimir awaited the birth of a son. If no son was born then Casimir's nephew, Louis I of Hungary would inherit along with his mother (Casimir's sister) Elisabeth of Poland. No son came, instead Hedwig bore three daughters:
- Anna of Poland, Countess of Celje (1366 – 9 June 1422). Married firstly William of Celje. Their only daughter was Anne of Cilli. Married secondly Ulrich, Duke of Teck. They had no children.
- Kunigunde of Poland (1367–1370).
- Hedwig of Poland (1368 – ca. 1407). Reportedly married ca. 1382 but the details are obscure.
The question of the legitimacy of the three daughters was raised. Casimir had all three of his daughters legitimised. Casimir managed to have Anne and Cunigunde legitimated by Pope Urban V on 5 December 1369. Hedwig the younger was legitimated by Pope Gregory XI on 11 October 1371.
On 5 November 1370 Casimir died, leaving Hedwig a widow with three young daughters. Soon later, the middle daughter, Kunigunde died aged three. From Casimir's will, Hedwig received from the treasury of the king's 53 fine silver and 1 / 3 silver vessels in the amount of dowry and 1,000 fineslarge cents.
Since Hedwig failed to produce a male heir, his throne passed to his nephew, Louis I of Hungary, though Casimir's sister, Elisabeth of Poland, acted as regent for a period of time when Louis was in Hungary.
- Barbara (ca. 1384 – Trebitz, 9 May 1436), married on 6 March 1396 to Rudolph III, Duke of Saxe-Wittenberg and Elector of Saxony. Through this union, Jadwiga was a direct ancestor of the Kings of Denmark and the House of Gonzaga, rulers of Mantua and Montferrato.
- Agnes (before 1385 – after 7 July 1411), a nun in Wroclaw.
In 1386, Hedwig's eldest daughter from her first marriage, Anna gave Hedwig her first grandchild, Anne of Cilli, who became the second wife of Jogaila after the death of her cousin, Jadwiga of Poland.
- Cawley, Charles, SILESIA, Medieval Lands, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, retrieved August 2012,[better source needed]
- Cawley, Charles, POLAND, Medieval Lands, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, retrieved August 2012,[better source needed]
- Jerzy Jan Lerski, Piotr Wróbel, Richard J. Kozicki, Historical dictionary of Poland, 966-1945, Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996, ISBN 0-313-26007-9, Google Print, p.249-250
- Translation from Polish Wikipedia
Hedwig of SaganBorn: before 1350 Died: 27 March 1390
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