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Michael Korybut Wisniowiecki

Michael Korybut Wisniowiecki (1640-1673); Polish: Michał Korybut Wiśniowiecki, King of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth 1669-1673.

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2 Royal titles:
3 Biography

Personal data:

Born: 31 July 1640 in Olesko,
Parents: Jeremi Michał Wiśniowiecki, Gryzelda Konstancja (Zamoyska).
Elected king: 19 June 1669
Crowned: 29 September 1669
Married to: sister of Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor.
Died: 10 November 1673 in Lvov, Poland, (now Ukraine)

Royal titles:

Official Latin version: Michael, Dei Gratia rex Poloniae, magnus dux Lithuaniae, Russie, Prussiae, Masoviae, Samogitiae, Livoniae, Smolenscie, Kijoviae, Volhyniae, Podoliae, Podlachiae, Severiae, Czernichoviaeque, etc.

English translation: Michael, by God's grace King of Poland, Grand Duke of Lithuania, Ruthenia (Ukraine & Belarus), Prussia, Masovia, Samogitia, Livonia, Smolensk, Kiev, Volhynia, Podolia, Podlachia ,Sewierz and, Czernichow, etc.


Following the death of King Jan Kazimierz Vasa, the Polish nobility elected Michael (son of a successful military commander), as king, believing he would further the interests of the Poland-Lithuania Union. His reign was less than successful, and the nobility were not satisfied with the House of Vasa's dynastic policies. Wisniowiecki's father was of great military fame, but Michael lost a war against the Turks, with Turkey occupying Podolia. He was unable to cope with his responsibilities and with the different quarreling factions within Poland. On his death, Jan Sobieski was elected king of Poland.

Preceded by:
Jan Kazimierz Vasa
List of Polish rulers Succeeded by:
Jan Sobieski