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lawyer , military commander , statesman

Lev Sapega was a noble and statesman of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

Background

Lev Sapega was born in a Belarusian family in Astrouna, near Vitebsk.

Education

Lev Sapega was first educated at home. Then he had graduated from Leipzig University majoring in philosophy, law and statehood.

Career

Lev supported a political union with Muscovy in 1584-1600 and led the diplomatic mission to Moscow in 1600 that proposed the union to tzar Boris Godunov, who declined the proposal. He also participated in wars with Muscovy under rule of Stefan Batory and King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania Sigismund III Vasa. He became an adviser of Sigismund III and supported his radical plans to take over the Muscovite throne.

Religion

Raised Eastern Orthodox, in his youth he converted to Calvinism and found a number of Calvinist churches in his former estates. In the 1570s he turned to Unitarianism. Disillusioned by the squabbles within the Protestant camp, in 1586 he converted with his first wife to Roman Catholicism of which he became a zealous defender. After the Union of Brest he enforced conformity on the unwilling Eastern Orthodox.

Connections

father:
Ivan Sapega - Belarus

mother:
Bogdana Drutska Konopla-Sokolinska - Lithuania - countess

Wife:
Dorota Zbaraska (Firlej) - Poland

Daughter:
Katarzyna

Son:
Krzysztof

Son:
Jan Stanisław

Son:
Andrzej

Wife:
Halszka (Elżbieta) Radziwiłł

Daughter:
Anna

Son:
Mikołaj

Son:
Krzysztof Michał

Son:
Kazimierz Leon