|Queen of Sicily and of the Germans
Duchess of Swabia
|Irene Angelina with her second husband, Philip of Swabia|
|Spouse||Roger III of Sicily
Philip of Swabia
|Beatrice, Holy Roman Empress
Kunigunde, Queen of Bohemia
Marie, Duchess of Brabant and Lothier
Elisabeth, Queen of Castile and León
|Dynasty||Angelus (by birth)
House of Hauteville (by marriage)
House of Hohenstaufen (by marriage)
|Father||Isaac II Angelos|
Marriage and issue
In 1193 she married Roger III of Sicily, but he died on 24 December 1193. Irene was captured in the German invasion of Sicily on 29 December 1194 and was married on 25 May 1197 to Philip of Swabia. In Germany, she was renamed Maria.
Her father, who had been deposed in 1195, urged her to get Philip's support for his reinstatement; her brother, Alexius, subsequently spent some time at Philip's court during the preparations for the Fourth Crusade. She thus had an early influence on the eventual diversion of the Crusade to Constantinople in 1204.
Philip and Irene had four daughters:
- Beatrice of Hohenstaufen (1198–1212), married Otto IV, Holy Roman Emperor, died without issue.
- Kunigunde of Hohenstaufen (1200–1248), married King Wenceslaus I, King of Bohemia, by whom she had issue.
- Marie of Hohenstaufen (3 April 1201 – 29 March 1235), married Henry II, Duke of Brabant, by whom she had issue.
- Elisabeth of Hohenstaufen (1203–1235), married King Ferdinand III of Castile, by whom she had issue.
- and two sons (called Reinald and Frederick) who died in infancy.
After the murder of her husband on 21 June 1208, Irene - who was pregnant by that time - retired to the Hohenstaufen Castle. There, two months later on 27 August, she gave birth to a daughter (called Beatrice Postuma); but both mother and child died shortly afterwards. She was buried in the family mausoleum in the Staufen proprietary monastery of Lorch Abbey, along with her daughter and sons. Her grave, now destroyed, cannot be reconstructed today.
Irene AngelinaBorn: c.1181 Died: 1208
Sibylla of Acerra
|Queen consort of Sicily
Served alongside: Sibylla of Acerra
Sibylla of Acerra
Constance of Sicily
|Queen consort of Germany
Beatrice of Swabia
Constance of Hungary
|Duchess consort of Swabia
Constance of Aragon
- O city of Byzantium: annals of Niketas Choniates tr. Harry J. Magoulias (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1984).
- Irene Angelina at Find-A-Grave