Catherine Jagello (1525–1583)

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Catherine Jagello (1525–1583)

Queen of Sweden. Name variations: Catherine of Poland; Catherine Jagellonica or Jagiello. Born in 1525; died on November 16, 1583; daughter of Sigismund I, king of Poland (r. 1506–1548), and Bona Sforza (1493–1557); sister of Sigismund II, king of Poland (r. 1548–1572); married John III Vasa (1537–1592), duke of Finland and king of Sweden (r. 1568–1592), on October 4, 1562; children: Zygmunt III also known as Sigismund III (1566–1632), king of Poland (r. 1587–1632), king of Sweden (r. 1592–1599); Isabella (1564–1566); Anna (1568–1625); John (d. 1618). Following Catherine Jagello's death, John III married Gunila Bjelke on February 21, 1585. The couple had one child: John, duke of East Gotland, born on April 18, 1589.