Ladislaus III of Hungary
Ladislaus depicted in Johannes de Thurocz's chronicle
|King of Hungary and Croatia|
|Coronation||26 August 1204|
|Father||Emeric of Hungary|
|Mother||Constance of Aragon|
|Died||7 May 1205 (aged 4–5)
Ladislaus III (Hungarian: III. László, Croatian: Ladislav III, Slovak: Ladislav III; c. 1200 – 7 May 1205) was King of Hungary and Croatia between 1204 and 1205. He was the only child of Emeric of Hungary. Ladislaus was crowned king upon the orders of his ill father, who wanted to secure his infant son's succession. The dying king made his brother, Andrew, regent for the period of Ladislaus's minority. However, Duke Andrew ignored the child's interests. As a result, Ladislaus's mother, Constance of Aragon, fled to Austria, taking Ladislaus with her. Ladislaus died unexpectedly in Vienna.
Infancy (c. 1200–1204)
Ladislaus was the only known child of King Emeric of Hungary and Emeric's wife, Constance of Aragon. The exact date of Ladislaus's birth is unknown, but it is likely that he was born around 1200, according to historians Gyula Kristó and Ferenc Makk. After falling seriously ill, King Emeric ordered that Ladislaus be coronated in an attempt to secure a smooth succession for his infant son. John, Archbishop of Kalocsa, crowned Ladislaus on 26 August 1204. Emeric reconciled with his defiant younger brother, Andrew, whom he had imprisoned. Emeric set Andrew free, and made him regent for the duration of Ladislaus's minority.
King Emeric fell ill with a type of incurable illness. Therefore, when he knew his final hour was approaching, he sent with all haste and had his brother released from custody and brought to him. When Andrew appeared before the king, the king made his will in his presence, entrusting to him the guardianship of his son and the administration of the entire kingdom until the ward should reach the age of majority.
On 30 November 1204, King Emeric died, and Ladislaus succeeded him. Pope Innocent III sent a letter to Duke Andrew, warning him to respect the child king's interests. However, refusing to heed the Pope's warning, Andrew seized the money that King Emeric had deposited in the Pilis Abbey. The money was intended for Ladislaus, but Andrew took it for himself. Considering her son's position to be insecure, Queen Constance fled to Austria, taking Ladislaus with her.
Although Duke Andrew made every effort to capture Queen Constance and Ladislaus before they could escape, they were able to reach Vienna, Austria. Leopold VI, Duke of Austria, who was King Emeric's and Duke Andrew's cousin, was willing to give shelter to Ladislaus, although Duke Andrew threatened him with an invasion. Ladislaus abruptly died on 7 May 1205. His body was carried to Székesfehérvár, and buried in the Székesfehérvár Basilica.
After [King Emeric] reigned his son Ladislaus, who was crowned on August 26, a Thursday. He reigned six months and five days. He departed to the Lord ... on May 7. His body rests at Alba.
|Ancestors of Ladislaus III of Hungary|
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