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Maria von Hohenstaufen

Also Known As: "Maria of Swabia", "Maria von Hohenstaufen", "de Swabia (Geni Tree Match)"
Birthdate: (33)
Birthplace: Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy
Death: March 29, 1235 (33)
Leuven, Flemish Region, Belgium
Place of Burial: Seville, AL, Spain
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Philip von Hohenstaufen, duke of Swabia and Irini Maria Angelina
Wife of Henry II, duke of Brabant
Mother of Lady Matilda van Brabant DeSutton; Mathilde van Brabant; Beatrix van Brabant, gravin van Vlaanderen; Maria of Brabant; Henry III, duke of Brabant and 3 others
Sister of Beatrice Elisabeth von Hohenstauffen, Empress of the Holy Roman Empire; Kunigunde von Schwaben; Beatriz de Suabia, reina consorte de Castilla y León; Reinald von Hohenstaufen and Frederick von Hohenstaufen
Half sister of Tancred Palermo

Occupation: Duchess of Brabant, Princess pf Germany
Managed by: Gustavo Latorre (c)
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About Maria von Hohenstaufen

Marie of Hohenstaufen, Duchess of Brabant (3 April 1201 – 29 March 1235) was a member of the powerful Hohenstaufen dynasty. She is also known as Maria of Swabia. She was the third daughter of Philip of Swabia and Irene Angelina of Byzantium. Her husband was Henry II, Duke of Brabant.

Marie of Hohenstaufen was born in Arezzo,Tuscany, Italy on 3 April 1201. Her paternal grandparents were Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor and Beatrice I, Countess of Burgundy. Her maternal grandparents were Byzantine Emperor Isaac II Angelos and his first wife Herina Tornikaina.

Emperor Frederick II was her first cousin.

In 1208, at the age of seven, Marie was left an orphan by the unexpected deaths of her parents. On 21 June, her father was murdered by Otto of Wittelsbach, and two months later her mother died after giving birth to a daughter, who did not live beyond early infancy. Marie had three surviving sisters.


  1. Beatrice of Hohenstaufen (1198-1212, married Otto IV, Holy Roman Emperor. The marriage was childless.
  2. Cunigunde of Hohenstaufen (1200-1248), married in 1228 King Wenceslaus I of Bohemia, by whom she had issue.
  3. Elizabeth of Hohenstaufen (1203- 5 November 1235), married in 1219 King Ferdinand III of Castile, by whom she had issue, including King Alfonso X of Castile. She was his first wife. Ferdinand married his second wife Jeanne de Dammartin, Countess of Ponthieu before August 1237, by whom he had issue, including Eleanor of Castile, Queen consort of King Edward I of England.

Sometime before 22 August 1215, she married Henry II, Duke of Brabant in Brabant (present-day Belgium). Marie was his first wife. They had six children, and through them, Marie is the ancestress of every royal house in Europe:

   * Matilda of Brabant (1224 - 29 September 1288), married firstly, Robert I of Artois, by whom she had two children, Robert II of Artois and Blanche of Artois; she married secondly Guy III, Count of Saint-Pol, by whom she had six children.
   * Beatrix of Brabant (1225 - 11 November 1288), married firstly Henry Raspe, Landgrave of Thuringia, and secondly William III of Dampierre. She died childless.
   * Marie of Brabant (c. 1226 - 18 January 1256), married Louis II, Duke of Bavaria. She was beheaded by her husband on suspicion of infidelity.
   * Margaret of Brabant (d. 14 March 1277), Abbess of Herzogenthal.
   * Henry III, Duke of Brabant (c. 1230 - 28 February 1261), married Adelaide of Burgundy (c. 1233- 23 October 1273, daughter of Hugh IV, Duke of Burgundy, by whom he had issue, including Henry IV, Duke of Brabant, John I, Duke of Brabant, and Maria of Brabant, Queen consort of King Philip III of France.
   * Philip of Brabant, died young.

Marie of Hohenstaufen died on 29 March 1235 in Leuven, Brabant, five days before her thirty-fourth birthday.

In 1240, Henry married his second wife, Sophie of Thuringia, the daughter of Ludwig IV of Thuringia and Elisabeth of Hungary. They had two children: Henry I, Landgrave of Hesse and Elizabeth of Brabant, who married Albert I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

Marie of Hohenstaufen, also known as Marie of Swabia, and as Maria von Hohenstaufen, became an orphan in 1208 at the age of 7, when her father was murdered just 2 months after her mother had died in childbirth of a younger sister (who did not survive).

Sometime before 22 August 1215, she married Henry II, Duke of Brabant in Brabant, and bore six children with him, including our ancestor Matilda of Brabant.

Marie died 5 days before her 34th birthday.

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Maria von Hohenstaufen's Timeline

April 3, 1201
Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy
Age 14
Of, Warsop, Nottinghamshire, England
December 24, 1224
Age 23
Flanders, Brabant, Netherlands (now part of Belgium)
Age 23
Brabant, Belgium
Age 24
Brabant, Belgium
Age 28
Age 29
Brabant, Belgium
March 29, 1235
Age 34
Leuven, Flemish Region, Belgium