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The First Female Monarch Crowned King

Jadwiga, the youngest daughter of Louis I the Great, became the ruler of Poland on October 16, 1384. Thanks to a quirk in Polish law, however, the young girl, also known as Hedwig, was crowned king, not queen. She is one of about five women in history to take the masculine title.

A Royal Twist Of Fate
As the youngest daughter of the king, it was never expected that Jadwiga would become ruler of Poland. Louis' eldest daughter, Catherine, was expected to one day rule the thrones of Poland and Hungary, but Catherine outlived her father. The throne was then to go to the second eldest daughter, Mary, but Poland decided against continuing the Crown of personal union with Hungary and accepted Mary's fiancée, Sigismund, the future Holy Roman Emperor and King of Hungary. had refused to do. The next choice was Jadwiga, then 10 years old, who traveled from her native Hungary to Poland, where she was crowned at the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow. According to Polish law, there was to be a king in the country, but it did not say that the king had to be a man. Rather than rewrite the law, and to make it clear that she was not just a queen consort, the younger Hedwig was crowned king.