Geza II of Hungary

Geza II of Hungary

Death 31 May 1162 (aged 31–32)
Burial Székesfehérvár, Székesfehérvári járás, Fejér, Hungary
Memorial ID 66304856 · View Source
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Geza II, King of Hungary and Crotia 1141 to 1162

Eldest son of Bela II the Blind and Helena of Rascia. His father was a cousin of King Stephen II (1101-1131) of Hungary. Geza was born in Tolna on an estate granted to his father by King Stephen, whom his father succeeded in 1131.
His siblings, often in conflict against Geza, were:
* Ladislaus
* Stephen IV, King of Hungary usurped his nephew Stephen III
* Almos
* Sophia, a nun
* Elizabeth, married Mieszko II the Old of Poland

Geza married Euphrosyne of Kiev, the daughter of the Grand Price Mstislav I of Kiev. They had the following children:
* Stephen III 1162-1172, succeeded his father
* Bela 1148-?, succeeded Stephen
* Geza c 1150
* Arpad – did not survive childhood
* Elizabeth, married Frederick of Bohemia, heir to the Duke of Bohemia
* Odola married Sclatopluk, youngest son of Vladislaus of Bohemia
* Helena marred Leopold V of Austria in 1174

His father died 13 February 1141 while Geza was only eleven years, and ruled under the guardianship of his mother and brother, Belos, after being crowned on the 16th of February.
Geza had the reputation of being a respected king, the power and valor of his army was notable, he did not hesitate to involve himself in politics of conflicts.
Transylvanian Saxons, Western European Knights and Muslim warriors from the Pontic Steppes all settled in Hungary during his reign. His reign was continually active with politics and battles that included most European countries.

He was buried in Szekesfehervar.

Bio by Anne StevensGéza II, King of Hungary, King of Croatia, Dalmatia and Rama (1141–1162). He ascended the throne as a child and during his minority the kingdom was governed by his mother and uncle. As ruler, he was one of the most powerful monarchs of Hungary, and intervened successfully in the internal affairs of neighbouring countries.
Géza was the eldest son of King Béla II of Hungary and his wife, Helena of Raška. He was only a baby when his mother introduced him and his brother Ladislaus to the barons assembled in Arad in order to persuade them to massacre her husband's opponents.
He was crowned three days after his father's death on 13 February 1141. As he was still a minor, his mother served as regent of the kingdom, helped by her brother (his uncle), Beloš.
King Géza married Euphrosyne of Kiev (c. 1130 – c. 1193), daughter of Grand Prince Mstislav I of Kiev and his second wife, Liubava Dmitrievna. By her hed issue:
King Stephen III of Hungary (1147 – 4 March 1172).
King Béla III of Hungary (1148 – 23 April 1196).
Elisabeth (c. 1149 – after 1189), wife of Duke Frederick of Bohemia.
Duke Géza (c. 1150 – before 1210).
Arpad, died young.
Odola (1156 – 1199), wife of Duke Sviatopluk of Bohemia.
Helena (c. 1158 – 25 May 1199), wife of Duke Leopold V of Austria.
Margaret (Margit) (1162 – ?), born posthumously; wife firstly of Isaac Macrodukas and secondly of András, Obergespan of Somogy.
King of Hungary, Dalmatia, Croatia and Rama
He was buried in Székesfehérvár.

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