Maria Anna of Bavaria (1574–1616)

For other people named Maria Anna of Bavaria, see Maria Anna of Bavaria (disambiguation).
Maria Anna of Bavaria

Portrait by Joseph Heintz the Elder, 1604.
Spouse(s) Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor
Noble family Wittelsbach
Father William V, Duke of Bavaria
Mother Renata of Lorraine
Born (1574-12-08)8 December 1574
Died 8 March 1616(1616-03-08) (aged 41)

Maria Anna of Bavaria (8 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]



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 Burgundy


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


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