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Sofia Gustavsdotter Vasa, Prinsessa, Herzogin zu Sachsen-Lauenburg

Swedish: Sofia Vasa Gustavsdotter, Princessa
Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sverige
Death: March 17, 1611 (63)
Ekolsund, Sverige
Place of Burial: Strängnäs, Södermanland, Sverige
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Kung Gustav I Vasa; Kung av Sverige Gustav I Eriksson Vasa; Margaretha Eriksdotter Leijonhufvud, Queen Consort of Sweden and Margareta Leijonhufvud
Wife of Magnus II von Sachsen Lauenburg and Magnus II, Herzog von Sachsen-Lauenburg
Mother of Gustaf won Sachsen Engern Westfaheln; Unknown Son von Sachsen-Lauenburg, Prinz and Gustaf av Sachsen Engern Westfalen
Sister of John III, king of Sweden; Catherine Vasa; Cecilia Gustavsdotter Vasa, Prinsessa; Prince Magnus of Sweden, Hertig av Östergöland; Gustaf, Prins av Sverige and 5 others
Half sister of Erik XIV, King of Sweden and NN

Occupation: Svensk prinsessa, Hertiginna av Sachsen-Lauenburg, Prinsessa och Hertiginna av Sachsen-Lauenburg, Prinsesse af Sverige, Svensk prinsessa och hertiginna, Prinsessa av Sverige; hertiginna av Sachsen-Lauenburg
Managed by: Sveneric Rosell
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About Sofia Gustavsdotter Vasa, Prinsessa, Herzogin zu Sachsen-Lauenburg



Sofia Vasa (October 29, 1547 – March 17, 1611), was a Swedish princess, daughter of King Gustav Vasa of Sweden and Queen Katarina of Sachsen_Lauenburg.

October 29 is the 302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1547 was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. ... is the 76th day of the year (77th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events June 23 - Henry Hudsons crew maroons him, his son and 7 others in a boat November 1 - At Whitehall Palace in London, William Shakespeares romantic comedy The Tempest is presented for the first time. ... Gustav Vasa, originally Gustav Eriksson Vasa (May 12, 1496-September 29, 1560) was King of Sweden from 1523 until his death 1560. His first marriage (1531-35) with Katarina of Sachsen-Lauenburg gave him Sofia and Erik (XIV), his second marriage (1536-51) to Margareta Eriksdotter Leijonhufvud (January 1, 1516 - August 26, 1551) gave him: Johan III, Katarina Eriksson Vasa, Cecilia Eriksson Vasa, Magnus Gustavsson Vasa, Anna Maria Eriksson Vasa, Sten Eriksson Vasa, Elisabeth Eriksson Vasa and Karl IX Vasa.

Princess Sofia is by many historians called the unhappiest of all the children of Gustav Vasa. She was married to Duke Magnus of Sachsen-Lauenburg in a discreet ceremony in the shadow of her brother Eric XIV's wedding to Karin Månsdotter in 1568. The marriage became extremely unhappy; the duke was an alcoholic known to mistreat his subordinates and his servants, and he abused her both mentally and physically in such a violent way that she became insane. It seems that the reasons for this was severe jealousy; according to the cronicle of Aegidius Girs, Magnus: " ...showed his princess all unkindness, spit and shamefull slander, that she of the sorrow was caused great weakness of the head." Erik XIV of Sweden (December 13, 1533–February 26, 1577) was the son of Gustav I of Sweden and Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg. ... Karin MÃ¥nsdotter Karin MÃ¥nsdotter (November 6, 1550–September 13, 1612) was Queen of Sweden and wife to Eric XIV of Sweden. ... Events March 23 - Peace of Longjumeau ends the Second War of Religion in France. ...

The unhappy union was finally dissolved after ten years when her brother King John III forced her husband to leave the country in 1578. Events January 31 - Battle of Gemblours - Spanish forces under Don John of Austria and Alexander Farnese defeat the Dutch. ...

Princess Sofia lived the rest of her life in seclusion at Ekolsund Castle. She remained mentally unstable, but recuperated enough to run her own household, which she did in a somewhat lively way; she changed head butler twenty-one and housekeeper twenty-three times during these years.

Her only son Gustaf was made governor in Kalmar and died unmarried at the age of twenty-seven. Kalmar is a city in Småland in south east Sweden, situated by the Baltic Sea. ...

Categories: Swedish princesses | 1547 births | 1611 deaths


Sofia föddes den 29 oktober 1547 på Stockholms slott som fjärde dotter till Gustav Vasa och Margareta Leijonhufvud. Vid hennes halvbror Erik XIV:s kröning deltog också den artonårige hertig Magnus av Sachsen-Lauenburg, son till hertig Franz, brorson till Gustav Vasas första gemål, Katarina av Sachsen-Lauenburg och alltså kusin till den nykrönte kung Erik. 1566 friade Magnus till den fyra år yngre Sofia. Bröllopet firades den 4 juli 1568, men äktenskapet upplöstes med skilsmässa.

Sofia levde sedan sparsamt och tillbaka draget på Ekolsund tills hon avled nästan utblottad 17 mars 1611. Även Sofia uppvisar drag av sinnessjukdom, som kallades "hufvudsvaghet".

Begravningen skedde i största enkelhet i Stängnäs domkyrka och hon fick varken minnesvård eller epitafium

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Sofia Gustavsdotter Vasa, Prinsessa, Herzogin zu Sachsen-Lauenburg's Timeline

October 29, 1547
Stockholm, Sverige
Age 21
August 31, 1570
Age 22
Västerås, Västmanlands län, Sverige
March 17, 1611
Age 63
Ekolsund, Sverige
April 22, 1612
Age 63
Strängnäs, Södermanland, Sverige