Henry II, Duke of Brabant

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Henry II
Duke of Brabant
Duke of Lothier
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Spouse(s) Marie of Hohenstaufen
Sophie of Thuringia
Titles and styles
The Duke of Brabant and Lothier
Noble family Reginar
Father Henry I, Duke of Brabant
Mother Mathilde of Flanders
Born 1207
Died 1 February 1248 (aged 40–41)

Henry II of Brabant (French: Henri II de Brabant, Dutch: Hendrik II van Brabant, 1207 – February 1, 1248) was Duke of Brabant and Lothier after the death of his father Henry I in 1235. His mother was Mathilde of Flanders

Henry II supported his sister Mathilde's son, William II, Count of Holland, in the latter's bid for election as German King.

Family and children

His first marriage was to Marie of Hohenstaufen (April 3, 1207–1235, Leuven), daughter of Philip of Swabia and Irene Angelina. They had six children:

  1. Henry III, Duke of Brabant (d. 1261)
  2. Philip, died young
  3. Matilda of Brabant (1224 – September 29, 1288), married:
    1. in Compiègne June 14, 1237 to Robert I of Artois;
    2. before May 31, 1254 to Guy II of Châtillon, Count of Saint Pol.
  4. Beatrix (1225 – November 11, 1288), married:
    1. at Kreuzburg March 10, 1241, Heinrich Raspe, Landgrave of Thuringia;
    2. in Leuven November 1247 to William III of Dampierre, Count of Flanders (1224 – June 6, 1251).
  5. Maria of Brabant (c. 1226 – January 18, 1256, Donauwörth), married Louis II, Duke of Upper Bavaria. She was beheaded by her husband on suspicion of infidelity.
  6. Margaret (d. March 14, 1277), Abbess of Herzogenthal.

His second marriage was to Sophie of Thuringia (March 20, 1224 – May 29, 1275), daughter of Ludwig IV of Thuringia and Elisabeth of Hungary by whom he had two children:

  1. Henry (1244–1308), created Landgrave of Hesse in 1264.
  2. Elizabeth (1243 – October 9, 1261), married Albert I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg

Henry died in Leuven, aged about 40.


See also

Regnal titles
Preceded by
Henry I
Coat of arms of Brabant.svg Duke of Brabant and Lothier
Succeeded by
Henry III