Sapieha family

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The Sapieha (; Lithuanian Sapiega) is a Polish-Lithuanian princely family descending from the medieval boyars of Smolensk.Vernadsky, George. A History of Russia. New Haven. Connecticut: Yale University Press. 1961.
 The family acquired great influence in the sixteenth century.


The creator of the fortune and power of the Sapieha family was Court and Great Chancellor and Great Hetman of Lithuania Lew Sapieha, a powerful magnate.

On 14 September 1700, Michal Franciszek Sapieha obtained the title of Prince from Emperor Leopold I. The title became extinct upon his death on 19 November 1700. That year the family lost its dominant position in the Grand Duchy as a result of its defeat in the Lithuanian Civil War. In 1768, members of the Sapieha family obtained recognition of the princely title from the Polish Sejm. After the partitions of Poland, the family appeared in the list of persons authorised to bear the title of Prince of the Kingdom of Poland in 1824. The title was recognised in Austria in 1836 and 1840, and in Russia in 1874 and 1901. In 1905, the family obtained the qualification of Serene Highness in Austria.

The maternal grandmother of Princess Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant was also a Sapieha.

Coat of arms

The Sapieha family used the "Lis" arms.


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