Sibylle of Bavaria

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Sibylle of Bavaria
Born (1489-06-16)16 June 1489
Died 18 April 1519(1519-04-18) (aged 29)
Burial Church of the Holy Spirit, Heidelberg
Spouse Louis V, Elector Palatine
Father Albert IV of Bavaria-Munich
Mother Kunigunde of Austria

Sibylle of Bavaria (16 June 1489 – 18 April 1519 in Heidelberg) was a member of the House of Wittelsbach was a princess of Bavaria-Munich and by marriage Electress Palatine.


Sibylle was the daughter of Duke Albert IV of Bavaria-Munich (1447–1508) from his marriage to Kunigunde of Austria (1465–1520), daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III. She married on 23 February 1511 in Heidelberg Elector Palatine Louis V (1478–1544). The couple had no children.

Louis had earlier been engaged to Sibylle's elder sister Sidonie, but Sidonie had died before she could marry, barely 17 years old.[1] The marriage was the starting point of the relaxation of the relations between Bavaria and the Palatinate, which were severely impacted by the Landshut War of Succession.[2] Relationships between the Palatinate and Emperor Maximilian I, who was Sibylle's uncle, also improved and Louis came closer politically to the Contra League.[3]

Sibylle died in 1519 and was buried in the Church of the Holy Spirit in Heidelberg. For a while, Sibylle's inheritance was claimed by her brother Ernest. This claim was denied by her widower and her brother William. Instead, Ernest was promised a high ecclesiastic office.[4]



  1. ^ Constant von Wurzbach: Biographical Dictionary of the Austrian Empire, Vol. 6. K.K. Court and State Printing, 1860, p. 405
  2. ^ Andreas Kraus: Handbook of Bavarian history: History of the Upper Palatinate and the Bavarian Circle until the end of the 18th Century, Volume 3, C.H. Beck, 1995, p. 83
  3. ^ Hermann Wiesflecker: Emperor Maximilian I, Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, 1986, p. 24
  4. ^ Royal Bavarian Academy of Sciences: Historical class: Proceedings of the historical class of the Royal Bavarian Academy of Sciences, volume 10, The Academy, 1867, p. 119