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Elzbieta of Lithuania was born 1302 to Gediminas (c1275-1341) and Jewna of Polotsk (c1280-c1344) and died circa 1364 of unspecified causes. Ancestors are from Lithuania, Belarus.

Elzbieta of Lithuania was the daughter of Gedimidas and Jewna of Polotszk. She married Wacław of Płock, one of the dukes of Mazovia in modern-day eastern Poland. Her second name is recorded in writings by Maciej Stryjkowski as Danmila and Teodor Narbutt as Damila. It has been suggested these names are misread versions of Danutė,[1] a name derived from Daniel. Another interpretation is that historians confused Danutė of Lithuania, daughter of Kęstutis, with Elzbieta.[2]

As an alliance, the marriage was significant because passages to and from western Europe had to pass through Mazovia; it can be seen as an attempt to revive Grand Duke Traidenis' and his daughter Gaudemunda's link with Mazovia in the 1270s.[3] The marriage's importance is attested by Elzbieta's dowry: 720 Kraków silver marks and nine marks of gold – three times more than an ordinary recorded dowry of the time.[3] This marriage probably took place about 1316, when Gediminas supported Wacław during a civil war in the divided Duchy of Mazovia.[3]

After Wacław's death in 1336, Elzbieta managed her own wealth. She is mentioned for the last time in 1361, when her brother Kęstutis escaped from Marienburg and sought refuge at his sister's house; historians put her date of death at around 1364.[1]

In 1337 Elzbieta's daughter Anna, first mentioned in late 1323, married Henry V of Żagań, in modern-day western Poland. Her son Bolesław III or Bolko died without a male heir in 1351 and his land was divided among other dukes.[4]

Notes

  1. ^ a b (Lithuanian) Jonynas, Ignas (1937). "Damilla". In Vaclovas Biržiška. Lietuviškoji enciklopedija. V. Kaunas: Spaudos Fondas. pp. 1414. 
  2. ^ (Lithuanian) Jonynas, Ignas (1937). "Danutė". In Vaclovas Biržiška. Lietuviškoji enciklopedija. 5. Kaunas: Spaudos Fondas. pp. 1501–1502. 
  3. ^ Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named r91
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Children


Offspring of Elzbieta of Lithuania and Wenceslaus of Płock (c1293-1336)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Anna of Płock (1323-1363) 1324 16 February 1363 Henry V of Zagan (c1319-c1369)

Bolesław III of Płock (c1325-1351)

Residences

Persondata
NAME Maria Of Lithuania
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION
DATE OF BIRTH 1302
PLACE OF BIRTH
DATE OF DEATH 1364
PLACE OF DEATH


Footnotes (including sources)

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