Maria Anna of Bavaria (1574–1616)

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Maria Anna of Bavaria
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Portrait by Joseph Heintz the Elder, 1604
Born(1574-12-18)18 December 1574
Died8 March 1616(1616-03-08) (aged 41)
SpouseFerdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor
IssueFerdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor
Maria Anna, Electress of Bavaria
Cecilia Renata, Queen of Poland
Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria
FatherWilliam V, Duke of Bavaria
MotherRenata of Lorraine

Maria Anna of Bavaria (18 December 1574 – 8 March 1616), was German princess member of the House of Wittelsbach by birth and Archduchess of Inner Austria by marriage.

Born in Munich, she was the fourth child and second (but eldest surviving) daughter of William V, Duke of Bavaria and Renata of Lorraine.


On 23 April 1600, Maria Anna married her first-cousin[1] Ferdinand, Archduke of Inner Austria at Graz Cathedral. This marriage reaffirmed the alliance between the Habsburgs and Wittelsbach. Without interfering in politics, Maria Anna lived at her husband's shadow.

Maria Anna died in Graz aged 41, three years before the coronation of her husband as King of Bohemia and King of Hungary and his elevation to Holy Roman Emperor. She was buried in the Mausoleum near the Cathedral, Graz.[2]


  • Archduchess Christine (25 May 1601 – 12/21 June 1601).
  • Archduke Karl (born and died 25 May 1603).
  • Archduke Johann Karl (1 November 1605 – 28 December 1619).
  • Ferdinand III (13 July 1608 – 2 April 1657), Holy Roman Emperor, King of Hungary and Bohemia.
  • Archduchess Maria Anna (13 January 1610 – 25 September 1665), married on 15 July 1635 to Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria (her uncle).
  • Archduchess Cecilia Renata (16 July 1611 – 24 March 1644), married on 9 August 1637 to Wladyslaw IV, King of Poland (her cousin).
  • Archduke Leopold Wilhelm (6 January 1614 – 20 November 1662), Bishop of Passau and Strasbourg (1625–37), Olmütz (1637–55), Breslau (1655–62), Governor of the Spanish Netherlands (1647–56), Grand Master of the Teutonic Order (1641–62).


Maria Anna's ancestors in three generations
Maria Anna of Bavaria Father:
William V, Duke of Bavaria
Paternal Grandfather:
Albert V, Duke of Bavaria
Paternal Great-grandfather:
William IV, Duke of Bavaria
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Jakobaea of Baden
Paternal Grandmother:
Anna of Austria
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Anna of Bohemia and Hungary
Renata of Lorraine
Maternal Grandfather:
Francis I, Duke of Lorraine
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Antoine, Duke of Lorraine
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Renée of Bourbon-Montpensier
Maternal Grandmother:
Christina of Denmark
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Christian II of Denmark
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Isabella of Austria


  1. ^ Ferdinand's mother was Maria Anna of Bavaria. sister of William V.
  2. ^ WITTELSBACH KURFÜRSTEN OF BAVARIA in: [retrieved 8 April 2015].