Geza II Arpad
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Geza II the Ambitious (Hungarian: Nagyravágyó II. Géza; 1 March 1200 – 31 May 1260) was King of Gezir from 1220 to 1260. He was the oldest son of King Zoltan and his wife, Adelaide of Poland. He also took part in the Sardinian Crusade against the Hafsid Kingdom.
Historians give three possibilities for his name:
- Geza could have been named after his 5th great-grandfather, Grand Prince Geza of Hungary.
- Another possibility is that he was named after his 4th cousin thrice removed, King Geza I of Hungary.
- Thirdly, there possibility is that he was named after his 6th cousin once removed, King Geza II of Hungary.
Education and Early Military participation
At the age of 14, Geza was sent to Poitou, France at his grandmother's ancestral manor to be tutored by French clergy and nobility. He was drafted by his tutor, Rogerus de Saint-Yves into the Albigensian Crusade, to teach him the art of war. His participation helped him raise his rank and made him a favourite amongst French clergy.
On 8 March 1220, the news of demise of King Zoltan II, reached Geza, who was immediately coronated in proxy.
Geza reached the Kingdom on 15 August and was welcomed with lot of pomp, probably staged by his Polish mother.
In the following summer, Geza was diagnosed with recurrent eczema, which led him to confine himself in his palace, The Sunset Palace. It is believed to have contributed to his aggressiveness, loneliness and ambition.
Dzsbeli Civil War
Seven Months Rebellion
Marriage and Children
- Anasztasiya (1220-1290)
- Grizelda (1226-1240)
- Farkas I (1240-1300)
- Rudolf Frigyes (1241-1279)
- Ákos Vajk (1242-1291)