Hedwig of Cieszyn
|Hedwig of Cieszyn|
|Noble family||House of Piast (by birth)
House of Zápolya (by marriage)
|Father||Przemyslaus II, Duke of Cieszyn|
|Mother||Anna of Warsaw|
|Died||6 April 1521
After her father's death in 1477, eight-year-old Hedwig was placed under the guardianship of her cousin, Casimir II. On 11 August 1483 she married the widower Stephen Zápolya, Lord of Trencsén (Trenčín). They had four children: János Zápolya (2 June 1487 – 22 July 1540), later King of Hungary; George Zápolya (ca. 1494 – 29 August 1526), killed in action at Mohács; Barbara Zápolya (1495 – 2 October 1515), Queen of Poland after her marriage to Sigismund I the Old; and Magdalena Zápolya (b. ca. 1499 – 1499), died young.
Stephen Zápolya died on 23 December 1499. Hedwig remained in Hungary, where she managed the huge property left behind by her late husband. She was also a generous supporter of the Carthusian monastery of Lapis Refugii in Spiš.