Henry II, Duke of Brabant

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Henry II
Duke of Brabant
Duke of Lothier
Died1 February 1248 (aged 4041)
Noble family Reginar
Spouse(s) Marie of Hohenstaufen
Sophie of Thuringia
Father Henry I, Duke of Brabant
Mother Mathilde of Flanders

Henry II of Brabant (French : Henri, Dutch : Hendrik; 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. [1]


Henry II supported his sister Mathilde's son, William II of Holland, in the his bid for election as king of Germany. [1]

Family and children

His first marriage was to Marie of Hohenstaufen (April 3, 12071235, Leuven), [2] daughter of Philip of Swabia and Irene Angelina. [1] They had six children:

  1. Henry III, Duke of Brabant (d. 1261) [2]
  2. Philip, died young [2]
  3. Matilda of Brabant (1224 September 29, 1288), [2] married:
    1. Robert I of Artois, 14 June 1237, in Compiègne [3]
    2. before May 31, 1254 to Guy II of Châtillon, Count of Saint Pol.
  4. Beatrix (1225 November 11, 1288), married:
    1. at Creuzburg March 10, 1241, Heinrich Raspe, Landgrave of Thuringia; [4]
    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), [2] 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 Valduc Abbey (Hertogendal).

His second marriage was to Sophie of Thuringia (March 20, 1224 May 29, 1275), [5] daughter of Ludwig IV of Thuringia and Saint Elisabeth of Hungary by whom he had two children:

  1. Henry (12441308), 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.

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