Agnes of Austria (1154–1182)

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Agnes of Austria
Queen consort of Hungary[1][2][3]
Duchess of Carinthia
Consort in Hungary
Consort in Carinthia
1168–1172

1173–1181
Spouse Stephen III of Hungary
Herman II, Duke of Carinthia
Issue Bela, Crown Prince of Hungary
A son
Ulrich II
Bernhard II
House House of Arpad
House of Spanheim
House of Babenberg
Father Henry II of Austria
Mother Theodora Comnena
Born c. 1154
Died 13 January 1182
Burial Schottenstift, Vienna

Agnes of Austria (c. 1154 – 13 January 1182) was queen of Stephen III of Hungary.

Agnes was the eldest child of Duke Henry II of Austria and his second wife, Theodora Comnena.

In 1166, Duke Henry II, who was mediating a peace between King Stephen III of Hungary and the Emperor Manuel I Komnenos, proposed a marriage between his daughter, Agnes and the young king. But the King decided to marry a princess of Halicz (1167); nevertheless, this marriage ended soon: the princess was repudiated and sent back to her father (1168). The negotiations with Austria were renewed and Agnes was married to King Stephen III in the same year.

She gave birth to a son, Béla, who died shortly afterwards (1168). Her husband fell suddenly ill and died on 4 March 1172 during a meeting with her father. Apparently, shortly before the death of Stephen, Agnes gave birth a second son, but the child was either stillborn or died shortly after birth.

Just after her husband's funeral, the widowed Agnes left for Austria with her father. One year later (1173) she was married again, to Herman II, Duke of Carinthia. They had two sons: Ulrich II (born in 1176) and Bernhard II (born in 1180) who were later Dukes of Carinthia.

Herman II died in 1181. Agnes survived him only one year. She was buried in the Crypt of the Schottenstift in Vienna, next to her parents.

Sources[edit]

  • Soltész, István: Árpád-házi királynék (Gabo, 1999)
  • Kristó, Gyula - Makk, Ferenc: Az Árpád-ház uralkodói (IPC Könyvek, 1996)
  1. ^ http://books.google.hu/books?q=agnes+of+austria+stephen+III&lr=&sa=N&start=0 "Henry gave his daughter [Agnes] in marriage to the king of Hungary [Stephen III]." Otto, Rahewin, Charles Christopher Mierow, Medieval Academy of America, Richard Emery: The deeds of Frederick Barbarossa. University of Toronto Press, in association with the Medieval Academy of America, 1995, ISBN 0-8020-7574-6
  2. ^ http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/565435/Stephen-III
  3. ^ http://books.google.hu/books?id=eYayIv9gfGYC&pg=PT101&dq=agnes+of+austria+stephen+III&lr=#PPT101,M1
Agnes of Austria (1154–1182)
Born: c. 1154 Died: 1182
Royal titles
Preceded by
Yaroslavna of Halych
Queen consort of Hungary
1168–1172
Succeeded by
Maria Komnene