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Henry II, Duke of Brabant

Duke of Brabant and Lothier from 1235
The basics
Occupation Politician
AKA Henry II of Brabant
Date of birth Leuven
Date of death Feb 01, 1248 Leuven
Mother: Matilda of Flanders Duchess of Brabant
Father: Henry I Duke of Brabant
Spouse: Marie of Hohenstaufen Sophie of Thuringia Duchess of Brabant
Children: Henry III Duke of Brabant Matilda of Brabant Countess of Artois Maria of Brabant Duchess of Bavaria Henry I Landgrave of Hesse Elizabeth of Brabant Beatrice of Brabant
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The details

Henry II of Brabant (French: Henri II de Brabant, Dutch: Hendrik II van Brabant, 1207 – February 1, 1248) was Duke of Brabant and Lothier after the death of his father Henry I in 1235. His mother was Mathilde of Flanders
Henry II supported his sister Mathilde's son, William II, Count of Holland, in the latter's bid for election as German King.

Family and children

His first marriage was to Marie of Hohenstaufen (April 3, 1207–1235, Leuven), daughter of Philip of Swabia and Irene Angelina. They had six children:

  1. Henry III, Duke of Brabant (d. 1261)
  2. Philip, died young
  3. Matilda of Brabant (1224 – September 29, 1288), married:
    1. in Compiègne June 14, 1237 to Robert I of Artois;
    2. before May 31, 1254 to Guy II of Châtillon, Count of Saint Pol.
  4. Beatrix (1225 – November 11, 1288), married:
    1. at Creuzburg March 10, 1241, Heinrich Raspe, Landgrave of Thuringia;
    2. in Leuven November 1247 to William III of Dampierre, Count of Flanders (1224 – June 6, 1251).
  5. Maria of Brabant (c. 1226 – January 18, 1256, Donauwörth), married Louis II, Duke of Upper Bavaria. She was beheaded by her husband on suspicion of infidelity.
  6. Margaret (d. March 14, 1277), Abbess of Valduc Abbey (Hertogendal).

His second marriage was to Sophie of Thuringia (March 20, 1224 – May 29, 1275), daughter of Ludwig IV of Thuringia and Saint Elisabeth of Hungary by whom he had two children:

  1. Henry (1244–1308), created Landgrave of Hesse in 1264.
  2. Elizabeth (1243 – October 9, 1261), married Albert I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg

Henry died in Leuven, aged about 40.


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