On this day, 1 February 1248, Henry II of Brabant passed away. He was my 24th and my 25th great-grandfather.
Born in 1207, in Leuven, Belgium, Henry II of Brabant was the son of Henry I of Brabant and Matilda of Boulogne.
Sometime before 22 August 1215, Henry II of Brabant was wed to Marie of Hohenstaufen (also known as Marie of Swabia), daughter of Philip of Swabia and Irene Angelina of Byzantium. Henry was only eight years old, while Marie was age 14 years.
The couple eventually would have six children: Henry III (my 24 great-grandfather), Philip (who died in childhood), Matilda of Brabant (my 23rd great-grandmother), Beatrix, Maria of Brabant, and Margaret.
On 29 March 1235, Henry’s wife Maria of Hohenstaufen died in Leuven, Brabant, just five days before her 34th birthday.
Less than six months later, on 5 September 1235, father Henry I of Brabant died, making Henry II the Duke of Brabant and Lothier at the age of 28.
In 1241, Henry married his second wife, Sophie of Thuringia, the daughter of Ludwig IV of Thuringia and Elisabeth of Hungary. The marriage produced two children: Henry I of Hesse and Elizabeth of Brabant.
In August 1247, Henry II of Brabant supported nephew William II, Count of Holland, who was elected King of the Romans after Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, was excommunicated by Pope Innocent IV.
Sadly, less than a year later, on 1 February 1248, Henry II of Brabant died in Leuven, Belgium. He was only 40 years old.