Maria Laskarina

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Maria Laskarina
Queen consort of Hungary
Reign 1235–1270
Issue Margaret de Saint-Omer
Saint Kinga, Queen of Poland
Anna, Baness of Slavonia
Elisabeth, Duchess of Bavaria
Constance, Queen of Galicia
Yolande, Duchess of Greater Poland
Stephen V of Hungary
Saint Margaret of Hungary
Béla, Duke of Slavonia
House Árpád dynasty
Father Theodore I Laskaris
Mother Anna Angelina
Born c. 1206
Died 16 July or 24 June 1270

Maria Laskarina (c. 1206 – 16 July or 24 June 1270) was a daughter of Theodore I Laskaris and his first wife Anna Angelina.

Life[edit]

She was a younger sister of Irene Lascarina, first Empress consort of John III Doukas Vatatzes. Theodore married his eldest daughter to his designated heir in 1212. Theodore was widowed in the same year and proceeded to marriages with Philippa of Armenia and Marie de Courtenay. However John was never displaced in succession.

As a younger daughter, the marriage of Maria was not intended to add a potential husband in the line of succession to the throne. Instead it secured a marital alliance with the Kingdom of Hungary.

In 1218, Maria was married to prince Béla of Hungary. Bride and groom were about twelve-years-old. Her husband was the eldest son of Andrew II of Hungary and Gertrude of Merania.

Andrew II died on 26 October 1235. The crown prince succeeded him as Béla IV and Maria became his Queen consort. Béla reigned for thirty-five years and died on 3 May 1270. Maria survived him by about two months.

Children[edit]

Maria and Béla IV of Hungary had ten children:

Maria Laskarina
Laskarid dynasty
Born: c. 1206 Died: 1270
Royal titles
Preceded by
Beatrice D'Este
Queen consort of Hungary
1235–1270
Succeeded by
Elizabeth the Cuman

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