Henry II, Duke of Bavaria

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Henry II the Quarrelsome
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Image of the lord Henry
Title Duke of Bavaria
Spouse(s) Princess Gisela of Burgundy
Children Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor
Queen Gisela of Hungary
Bruno of Augsburg
Brigitta
Arnold
Parents Henry I, Duke of Bavaria
Judith of Bavaria
Relatives Saint Emeric (grandson)

Henry II (951–995), called the Wrangler or the Quarrelsome, in German Heinrich der Zänker, was the son of Henry I and Judith of Bavaria.

He succeed his father at the age of four, under the guardianship of his mother. He married princess Gisela of Burgundy, and resolved in 974 to oust Otto II from the throne of Germany. However, he was taken captive in Ingelheim - he escaped and instigated a revolt in Bavaria, but was defeated in 976 and stripped of his Duchy, and, following the War of the Three Henries in 978, was placed under the custody of the Bishop of Utrecht. As a consequence of his revolt Bavaria lost her first southeastern marches including Austria.

After Otto's death he was released from captivity and tried once again to usurp the German throne, abducting the infant Otto III. Although he failed in his attempt to gain control of Germany, he did regain Bavaria.

His daughter Gisela of Hungary married Saint Stephen I, while his son became the Holy Roman Emperor Henry II.

Henry II, Duke of Bavaria
Born: 951 Died: 995
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Henry I
Duke of Bavaria
955–976
Succeeded by
Otto I
Preceded by
Henry III
Duke of Bavaria
985–995
Succeeded by
Henry IV