Yolanda of Courtenay

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Yolanda of Courtenay
Queen consort of Hungary
Bornc. 1200
DiedJune 1233
SpouseAndrew II of Hungary
IssueYolanda, Queen of Aragon
FatherPeter II of Courtenay
MotherYolanda of Flanders

Yolanda of Courtenay (c. 1200 – June 1233), was a queen of Hungary[1] as the second wife of King Andrew II of Hungary.[2][3]

Yolanda was the daughter of Count Peter II of Courtenay and his second wife, Yolanda of Flanders, the sister of Baldwin I and Henry I, the emperors of Constantinople.[2] Her marriage with King Andrew II, whose first wife, Gertrude had been murdered by conspirators on 28 September 1213, was arranged by her uncle, the Emperor Henry I.[4][5]

Their marriage was celebrated in February 1215 in Székesfehérvár and John, Archbishop of Esztergom crowned her queen consort. However, Bishop Robert of Veszprém sent a complaint to Pope Innocent III, because the coronation of the queens consort in Hungary had been traditionally the privilege of his see. The Pope sent a legate to Hungary in order to investigate the complaint and confirmed the privilege of the See of Veszprém.[2]

Following her uncle's death on 11 July 1216, her husband was planning to acquire the imperial crown for himself, but the barons of the Latin Empire proclaimed her father emperor, instead.

During her time as queen she appears to have had some level of power.[2] For instance, she received several letters from the Pope, Honorius III, and at some points granted land to citizens.[2]

Yolanda maintained good relations with her husband's children from his first marriage. Her husband survived her. She was buried in the Egres Abbey of the White Monks.[4]

Marriages and children[edit]

By her marriage with Andrew II of Hungary (c. 1177 – 21 September 1235) she had:


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Yolanda of Courtenay
Born: c. 1200 Died: 1233
Royal titles
Preceded by Queen consort of Hungary
Succeeded by