Theresa Kunegunda Sobieska

Theresa Kunegunda Sobieska

Theresa Kunegunda Sobieska
Electress of Bavaria
Tenure 2 January 1695 - 26 February 1726
Born (1676-03-04)4 March 1676
Wilanów, Poland
Died 10 March 1730(1730-03-10) (aged 54)
Venice, Italy
Spouse Maximilian II Emanuel
Issue Maria Anna
Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor
Philip Maurice
Ferdinand Maria
Clemens August
John Adolf Alois
John Theodore
Maximilian Emanuel
House House of Sobieski
Father John III Sobieski
Mother Marie Casimire Louise de la Grange d'Arquien

Theresa Kunegunda (Polish: Teresa Kunegunda Sobieska, German: Kurfürstin Therese Kunigunde) (4 March 1676 – 10 March 1730) was a Polish princess, an Electress of Bavaria and of the Electorate of the Palatinate. She also served as Regent of the Palatinate in 1704–05.


She was a daughter of the Polish King John III Sobieski and Marie Casimire Louise de la Grange d'Arquien. Theresa Kunegunda Sobieska married Maximilian II Emanuel, elector of Bavaria, on 2 January 1695. She was mother of ten children by her husband, including Holy Roman Emperor Charles VII and Clemens August of Bavaria, Archbishop-Elector of Cologne, though only half of them survived till adulthood.

In 1704–05, following the evacuation of the Bavarian court to the Spanish Netherlands after the defeat at the Battle of Blenheim, she apparently was in charge of the government in the Stewardship of Munich of the Electorate of Bavaria as Regent Princess. However, when Theresa Kunegunda had found love letters of the Countess of Arco, a mistress of Max Emanuel, she left Munich to see her mother in Venice. The army would not allow her to return. Therefore, Theresa spent ten years in exile, only returning in 1715.

She rests in the Theatine Church in Munich.



Marek Sobieski
Jakub Sobieski
Jadwiga Snopkowska
Jan III Sobieski
Jan Daniłowicz
Zofia Teofillia Daniłowicz
Zofia Żółkiewska
Theresa Kunegunda Sobieska
Antoine de La Grange d'Arquien
Henri Albert de La Grange d'Arquien
Anne d'Ancienville
Marie Casimire Louise
Baptiste de La Châtre of Bruillebault
Françoise de La Châtre
Gabrielle Lamy[1]


Preceded by
Henriette Adelaide of Savoy
Electress of Bavaria
2 January 1695 - 26 February 1726
Succeeded by
Archduchess Maria Amalia of Austria
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