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Sigismund II Augustus

1520 - 1572

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Sigismund II Augustus (Polish: Zygmunt II August, Lithuanian: Žygimantas Augustas; 1 August 1520 – 7 July 1572) was King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, the son of Sigismund I the Old, whom Sigismund II succeeded in 1548. He was the first ruler of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and the last male monarch from the Jagiellonian dynasty. Sigismund was the only son of Italian-born Bona Sforza and Sigismund the Old. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sigismund II Augustus has received more than 602,466 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Sigismund II Augustus is the 822nd most popular politician (down from 815th in 2019), the 43rd most popular biography from Poland (up from 45th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Polish Politician.

Sigismund II Augustus was the King of Poland and the Grand Duke of Lithuania. He was also the last Jagiellonian monarch. Sigismund was a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece.

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Among politicians, Sigismund II Augustus ranks 822 out of 15,577Before him are Dilma Rousseff, Carol II of Romania, Liu Shaoqi, Feodor III of Russia, Tamar of Georgia, and Galla Placidia. After him are Viktor Yushchenko, Romanos IV Diogenes, Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès, Alexander Kerensky, William III of the Netherlands, and Constantine IX Monomachos.

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Among people born in 1520, Sigismund II Augustus ranks 3Before him are Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Pope Sixtus V. After him are Vincenzo Galilei, Barbara Radziwiłł, Koca Sinan Pasha, Christophe Plantin, Alessandro Farnese, Madeleine of Valois, Matthias Flacius, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, and Thoinot Arbeau. Among people deceased in 1572, Sigismund II Augustus ranks 2Before him is Pope Pius V. After him are Bronzino, Şah Sultan, Jeanne d'Albret, Túpac Amaru, Gaspard II de Coligny, Francis Borgia, 4th Duke of Gandía, John Knox, Isaac Luria, Longqing Emperor, and Catherine of Austria, Queen of Poland.

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Among people born in Poland, Sigismund II Augustus ranks 43 out of 1,454Before him are Vladislaus II of Hungary (1456), Günther von Kluge (1882), Hans-Ulrich Rudel (1916), Rudolf Virchow (1821), Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928), and Rudolf Clausius (1822). After him are Lech Kaczyński (1949), Tamara de Lempicka (1898), Ernst Cassirer (1874), Christian Wolff (1679), Maria Goeppert Mayer (1906), and Paul Ehrlich (1854).


Among politicians born in Poland, Sigismund II Augustus ranks 8Before him are Paul von Hindenburg (1847), David Ben-Gurion (1886), Władysław IV Vasa (1595), Leonid Kravchuk (1934), Vladislaus II of Hungary (1456), and Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928). After him are Lech Kaczyński (1949), Wojciech Jaruzelski (1923), Władysław III of Poland (1424), Casimir III the Great (1310), Bolesław I the Brave (967), and Sigismund I the Old (1467).