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Béla I, King of Hungary

Male 1020 - 1063  (~ 48 years)


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  • Name Béla I  
    Suffix King of Hungary 
    Born Between 1015 and 1020  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Sep 1063  Kinizsa Creek, Hungary Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I850  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    Father Vazul of Hungary,   b. Abt 990,   d. 1037  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Mother (Unknown lady of the Tátony clan) 
    Family ID F366  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Adelaide of Poland,   b. 22 Sep 1013,   d. Aft 1051  (Age > 39 years) 
    Married Between 1039 and 1043  [1, 3
    Children 
    +1. Geisa I, King of Hungary,   d. 24 Apr 1077
    +2. St. Lászlo I, King of Hungary,   b. 27 Jun 1040,   d. 29 Jul 1095  (Age 55 years)
    +3. Sophia of Hungary,   b. Abt 1050,   d. 18 Jun 1095  (Age ~ 45 years)
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F352  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From Leo van de Pas:

      Béla was born about 1016, the third son of Vazul (Basil) 'the Blind' of Hungary, and younger brother of András I, who was crowned king after the Vatha pagan rising.

      In 1048 András conferred on Béla one third of Hungary as appanage ('Tercia pars Regni'), making him Duke of the Nitrian Frontier duchy, with Nitra its capital, and which included the southern Slovakian Nitrian principality and the north-eastern historic Hungarian Bihar region (not identical to the later Bihar).

      The two brothers shared power without incident until 1053, when András fathered a son Salomon. Thereafter András became determined to secure the throne for his son and to displace his brother. András therefore had Salomon, Béla's nephew, crowned future king in 1057. According to legend, András placed before Béla a crown and a sword, representing royal and ducal power, respectively, and asked Béla to take his choice. Knowing that choosing the crown would mean his life, Béla instead selected the sword. In 1059 Béla fled to Poland where he was received by his brother-in-law Kazimierz I Karol, king of Poland, brother of Béla's wife Richeza. Béla and Richeza had eight children, of whom five would have progeny, and two, Geisa I and Lászlo I, would be kings of Hungary.

      In 1060 Béla returned to Hungary and defeated András I to become the new king. After András' death, Béla was crowned king on 6 December 1060. During his brief reign he concerned himself with crushing pagan revolts in his kingdom. In 1063 Béla died in an accident when his throne's canopy collapsed. After his death the Holy Roman Emperor Heinrich IV installed András I's son Salomon as the new king, and Belá's sons had to flee to Poland again.

  • Sources 
    1. [S160] Wikipedia.

    2. [S145] Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700, by Frederick Lewis Weis and Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. 8th edition, William R. Beall & Kaleen E. Beall, eds. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004, 2006, 2008., year only.

    3. [S145] Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700, by Frederick Lewis Weis and Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. 8th edition, William R. Beall & Kaleen E. Beall, eds. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004, 2006, 2008.