Sophia of Lithuania

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Sophia of Lithuania
Grand Princess of Moscow
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Sophia of Lithuania at the wedding of her son in 1433, by Pavel Chistyakov
Born1371
Died1453 (aged 8182)
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Spouse Vasily I
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Anna
Vasily II
House Kęstutis
Father Vytautas
Mother Anna
Sophia of Lithuania's grave inscription. Sofia Vitovtovna grave inscription.jpg
Sophia of Lithuania's grave inscription.

Sophia of Lithuania (1371–1453) was a Grand Princess consort of Muscovy by marriage to Vasili I of Russia. She was regent of Muscovy during the minority of her son from 1425 to 1434.

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Life

She was the only daughter of Vytautas the Great of Lithuania and his first wife, Anna. On 21 January 1391, while her father was engaged in the Lithuanian Civil War, she married Vasili I of Russia. She was the longest serving consort of Russia.

After Vasili's death in 1425 she became regent for their ten-year-old son Vasili II. Her father supported Vasili's claim to the throne, which was disputed by his uncle, Yuri of Zvenigorod.

Sophia was buried in the Ascension Convent; the sarcophagus was moved in 1929 to the Cathedral of the Archangel by Soviet authorities. [1]

Children

She and Vasili I of Russia had at least nine children:

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References

  1. Baranauskas, Tomas (2010-10-24). "Vytauto Didžiojo mirties 580-osioms metinėms" (in Lithuanian). Istorija.net. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
Sophia of Lithuania
Born: c. 1371 Died: 1453
Russian royalty
Vacant
Title last held by
Eudoxia of Moscow
Grand Princess consort of Muscovy
1391–1425
Vacant
Title next held by
Maria Yaroslavna of Borovsk