Henry IV, Duke of Carinthia

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Henry IV (c. 1065×70 – 14 December 1123) was the duke of Carinthia and margrave of Verona from 1122 until his death. He was the first ruler of those territories from the House of Sponheim.

Henry was the eldest son of Count Engelbert I of Sponheim and Hedwig, daughter of Duke Bernard II of Saxony. After the death of his godfather, Duke Henry III of Carinthia, the last ruler of the House of Eppenstein, he inherited Carinthia and Verona, but not Henry's allodial lands, which passed to the House of Traungau. This resulted in the so-called "province (provincia) of Graslupp", that is, the Murau and the region of Neumarkt and Sankt Lambrecht, which had belonged to the county of Friesach in Carinthia, passing to the march of Styria.

Henry died within a year of taking over Carinthia and was succeeded by his brother, Engelbert.

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