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John III Sobieski

John III Sobieski Biography

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ABOUT
Remembered for ruling during a stable period in the history of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, this seventeenth-century regent served from 1674 until 1696 as both Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland. A popular military leader in several battles against the Ottoman Empire, he earned the nickname of the "Lion of Lechistan."
BEFORE FAME
He was born in Olesko, Poland (present-day Ukraine) to noble parents Jakub Sobieski and Zofia Teofillia Danilowicz. He graduated from Jagiellonian University in the mid-1640s.

FAMILY LIFE
His marriage to Marie Casimire Louise de La Grange d'Arquien resulted in nine children.
ASSOCIATED WITH
He was a contemporary of English King James II.
TRIVIA
He is perhaps most famous for his 1683 Battle of Vienna victory.

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