Engelbert, Duke of Carinthia

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Engelbert, Duke of Carinthia
Spouse(s) Uta of Passau
Noble family House of Sponheim
Father Engelbert I of Sponheim
Mother Hedwig
Died 12 or 13 April 1141
Seeon Abbey

Engelbert II (died 12 or 13 April 1141) from the House of Sponheim was Margrave of Istria and Carniola from sometime between 1101 and 1107 until 1124. In 1124, he was raised to a Duke of Carinthia and Margrave of Verona which he held until his retirement in 1135.

Engelbert II was the son of Count Engelbert I of Sponheim and his wife Hedwig of uncertain descent, maybe a daughter of the Billung duke Bernard II of Saxony.

He married Uta, daughter of Burgrave Ulric of Passau (died about 1099).[1] Together they were the parents of the following children:

About 1100 he established the County of Kraiburg on the inherited estates of his wife in Bavaria. Unlike his father, Engelbert II was a loyal supporter of the Salian dynasty. He stood as guarantor of German king Henry V at his coronation as Holy Roman Emperor in February 1111 and witnessed the Concordat of Worms with Pope Callixtus II in September 1122. In the same year his elder brother Henry IV was created Duke of Carinthia and upon his death in 1123 Engelbert II succeeded him, having already replaced Count Ulric II of Weimar as margrave in Istria and Carniola about 1107.

Engelbert II died 13 April 1191,[3] and was buried at Seeon Abbey.


  1. ^ (DE)Richard Loibl, Der Herrschaftsraum der Grafen von Vornbach und ihrer Nachfolger: Studien zur Herrschaftsgeschichte Ostbayerns im hohen Mittelalter, Volume 1, (Komm. für Bayer. Landesgeschichte, 1997), 160.
  2. ^ Constance Brittain Bouchard, Sword, Miter, and Cloister: Nobility and the Church in Burgundy, 980-1198, (Cornell University Press, 1987), 347.
  3. ^ The Withdrawl of Aged Noblemen into Monastic Communities: Interpreting Sources from Twelfth-Century Germany, Jonathan Lyon, Old Age in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, ed. Albrecht Classen, (Walter De Gruyter, 2007), 147 note17.

Engelbert, Duke of Carinthia
Died: 12 or 13 April 1141
Preceded by
Ulric II
Margrave of Istria
Margrave of Carniola

Succeeded by
Engelbert III
Preceded by
Henry IV
Duke of Carinthia
Margrave of Verona

Succeeded by
Ulrich I