Zofia Czarnkowska Opalińska

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Zofia Czarnkowska Opalińska
Sofia Anne Czarnkowska.jpg
Zofia Anna Czarnkowska, detail of a monument in the church of Sieraków
BornZofia Anna Czarnkowska
(1660-03-12)12 March 1660
Died2 December 1701(1701-12-02) (aged 41)
Noble familyCzarnkowski
Spouse(s)Jan Karol Opalinski
FatherAdam Uriel Czarnkowski
MotherTheresa Zaleska
Jan and Zofia Opaliński monument, church of Sieraków

Sofia Anna Czarnkowska (also called Zofia Czarnkowska Opalińska or Catherine-Sophie-Anne Czarnkowska) (12 March 1660 – 2 December 1701[1]) was a Polish noblewoman, known as the maternal grandmother of the queen of France.


She was the daughter of Adam Uriel Czarnkowski and Theresa Zaleska. She married Jan Karol Opaliński on December 4, 1678. They had the children Maria (August 1679 – October 1679), Catherine (Katarzyna) Opalińska, Queen of Poland (1680–1743), a stillborn child (1681), and Stanislas (1682–1682). She became the grandmother of Marie Leszczyńska (who would be Queen Consort of France, married to Louis XV of France) and Anna Leszczyńska.

She died on 8 December 1701 from pneumonia[2] aged 41, at Breslau (today Wrocław).[3]


A monument was erected in 1748 in the church of Sieraków.[4] The crypt in a nearby castle contains the sarcophagus of the Opalinńki family.

Among her matrilineal descendants is the King Juan Carlos I of Spain, who is her descendant through an unbroken line of Bourbon princesses from Marie Leszczyńska of France, who married within the Bourbon house.

Opaliński-Czarnkowski family[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mercure historique et politique, mois de janvier 1747
  2. ^ (in French) Histoire de Stanislas I. roi de Pologne, par monsieur D. C***, 1740
  3. ^ (in French) Les souverains du monde, par Ferdinand Ludwig von Bressler und Aschenburg, Cavelier, 1734
  4. ^ (in Polish) Story of the church of Sierakow, on the parish site of the city