Engelbert II, Count of Gorizia

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Engelbert II, Count of Gorizia
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Coat of arms of the Counts of Gorizia, in the Ingeram Codex, 1459
Spouse(s) Adelaide of Scheyern-Dachau-Valley
Noble family Meinhardiner
Father Meinhard I, Count of Gorizia
Mother Elisabeth of Schwarzenburg
Died 1 April 1191(1191-04-01)

Engelbert II (died 1 April 1191), a scion of the House of Gorizia (Meinhardiner dynasty), was Count of Gorizia (Görz) from 1150 until his death. At the end of his life, he also held the title of a Margrave of Istria, a Count palatine in the Duchy of Carinthia and Vogt (Reeve) of Aquileia.


Engelbert II was a younger son of Count Meinhard I of Gorizia and his wife Elisabeth of Schwarzenburg. He was first mentioned in 1137, when he was already Vogt of Millstatt Abbey, an office his uncle Engelbert I (d. 1122) probably had assumed upon the death of the Aribonid founders. In 1145, Engelbert II was appointed Count Palatine of Carinthia.

In 1150, he inherited the County of Gorizia from his elder brother Henry II. Like his father, he was also served as Reeve of Aquileia and St. Peter in Istria. A strong supporter of the Hohenstaufen dynasty, Engelbert II, like his younger brother Meinhard, had temporarily been Margrave of Istria. Rivalling with the Dukes of Merania from the comital House of Andechs, his descendants would gain further territory in inner Istria around Pazin (Mitterburg).

Marriage and issue[edit]

He was married to Adelaide, a daughter of Count Otto I of Scheyern-Dachau-Valley. They had three children:

  • Engelbert III (d. 1220), Count of Gorizia and Vogt of Millstatt
  • Meinhard II "the Elder" (c. 1160–1232), Count of Gorizia and provost of Aquileia
  • Beatrice of Gorizia, nun in Aquileia
Engelbert II, Count of Gorizia
Died: 1 April 1191
Preceded by
Henry II
Count of Gorizia
Succeeded by
Engelbert III