John Sobieski

Polish soldier, born in 1629 in Olesko, Galima; diedin 1696 in Willanow. He fought in the great Cossack rebellion (1648), accompanied Czarniecki's expedition to Denmark, and fought the Muscovites at Cudnow. As commander-in-chief, he beat the Turks at Chocim and Lemberg. His greatest exploit was the rescue of Vienna besieged by the Turks and their expulsion from Poland and Hungary. Forced to give up Kieff to Russia and to see the crown pass from his family, he died, a broken man.

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