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Saturday, September 5, 2020

Duke Henri II of Brabant & Duchess Marie de Hohenstaufen

 47279574. Duke Henri II of Brabant & 47279575. Duchess Marie de Hohenstaufen

1201, Marie born in Swabia, Germany, d/o 94559150. Philip of Swabia & 94559151. Irene Angelina.

1207, Henri born in Brabant, s/o 47277606. Duke Henry I of Brabant & 47277607. Maud of Flanders.

[––Henri & Marie––]

By 1223, Henry married Marie.

1229, “I Henry, by the grace of God, Duke of Brabant, and I Henry, his eldest son, … these statutes have established in Brussels …” (S) Dictionary of the Anglo-Saxon Language, 1838, P48.

12/1229, Henry and his son Henry granted protection to travel to England. (S) Henry III of England and the Staufen Empire, Weiler, 2006, P43.

2/1231, King Henry III of England granted all of the lands in England of the Duke of Brabant to his brother Richard.

5/27/1234, Henry, duke of Brabant, with the counts of Oldenburg, Cleve, and Holland, led 40,000 crusaders against the Stedingers, East Friciscians in the provence of Stade; killing 8000 of their 11000. The battle took place at Altenesch near Bremen. Henri, son of Henry, showed “military talent” in the battle.

1235, Marie died.


3/7/1235, Safe-conduct, until Midsummer, for H. duke of Brabant, and his son, and their men, coming to England to speak with the king. (S) CPRs.

5/6/1235, Henri with his father escorted Isabella, d/o King John, from London.

5/7/1235, King Henry of England promised Henry, duke of Brabant, that if he or his son should return to England, they would be returned the honor of Eye.

5/24/1235, Isabella and her escorts arrived in Cologne, Germany for her wedding.

7/20/1235 at Worms, Henri and his father attended the wedding of Emperor Frederick II with Isabella.

9/5/1235, Henri succeeded his father as Duke of Brabant and Lothier.

10/2/1235, King Henry III of England confirmed the return of the Honor of Eye to Henri. (S) Social Politics of Medieval Diplomacy, Huffman, 2000, P252.

1236, Henry II, Duke of Brabant, gave a large tract of land around the village of Gaesbeke, near Brussels, to his younger brother Govert [Godfrey], as part of Godfrey’s inheritance. (S) Form Fief to Indenture, Lyon, 1957, P154.

6/14/1237, Henry’s daughter Mathilda married Robert, Count of Artois, s/o King Louis VIII of France.

1238, A “monstrous and inhuman race of men”, with a leader called Khan, began to overun far eastern Europe.

1239, Duke Henry I of Brabant issued an ordinance [in French.] (S) Beeton’s Science, 1870, P854.

1239, Henri married 2nd Sophie of Thuringia.

3/1241, Henry, duke of Brabant, and Henry, count of Lorraine, exchanged letters about the attacks of the Tarters in Bohemia and Poland. Henry, duke of Brabant, sent a copy of the Count of Lorraine’s letter to the Bishop of Paris. (S) Matthew Paris’s English History, 1852, P339.

8/30/1242, Henri, duke of Brabant, received letters guaranteeing safe-conduct for his merchants in return for similar conduct to English merchants. (S) CPRs.

6/1243, Newly elected Pope Innocent IV confirmed Emperor Frederick II’s excommunication. Emperor Frederick sent letters to Henry, duke of Brabant, and many others, assuring them that peace between him and the new pope could be arranged.

Aft. 8/1245, Frederick II was deposed as Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Innocent IV. Henry was offered the title but turned it down. Henry was so well liked that Pope Innocent IV had admitted him into the college of the 7 electors, who were shut up in an island on the Rhine to choose a new emperor. [8/1246, Henrich Raspe was chosen, but died a year later.]

8/1246, Duke Henry attended the court of Emperor Frederick II.

1247, King Henry III of England sent John Maunsel to Brabant to propose a union of Prince Edward of England and one of Duke Henry’s daughters. [Which was never finalized.]

1247, Henry II, duke of Brabant, abolished the right of mortemain throughout all of Brabant. [The presentation of either the right hand of the deceased, or the most valuable domestic article, given to the church.]

1247, Henry, duke of Brabant, was asked by King Henry III of England to send experts to help with the recoinage of England.

7/1247, Henry held a 3-day tournament at Brussels, part of the celebration of the 16th birthday of his daughter Mary, in which many noble knights participated.

9/1247, Henri supported his maternal nephew William II, count of Holland, in his bid for King of Germany. [Elected 10/3/1247, crowned 2/1248; but opposed by Frederick II and Conrad IV.]

2/1/1248, Henri “the Magnanimous” died in Louvain; buried in the Cistercian abbey church of Notre-Dame, Villers-la-Ville, Brussels.

(S) Encyclopaedia Metropolitana, V1, Smedley, 1845, P565. (S) Legends of the 7 Capital Sins, Plancy, 1851, P144. [A book of stories founded in historical research in which people, places and dates were all factual.] (S) Henry III of England and the Staufen Empire, Weiler, 2006.

Family notes:

·         The genealogy of the family was put on the tomb of the son, Henry III. (S) Gothic Tombs of Kingship in France, Morganstern, 2000, P51.

Child of Henri and Marie:

i. Matilda of Brabant (23639787), born 1224 in Brabant.

ii. Henri III of Brabant (47281334), born ~1226 in Brabant.

iii. Mary of Brabant, born 7/1231 in Brabant.

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