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Ida of Formbach-Ratelnberg

Ida of Formbach-Ratelnberg Austrian royal

Austrian royal
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Austrian royal
Gender female
Birth 1 January 1100
Death 1 January 1101
Spouse: Leopold II, Margrave of Austria
Children: Leopold III, Margrave of AustriaHelbirga of AustriaElisabeth of Austria
The details

Ida of Austria (c. 1055 – September 1101) was a Margravine of Austria by marriage to Leopold II of Austria. She was a crusader, participating in the Crusade of 1101 with her own army.


Ida was the daughter of Rapoto IV of Cham and Mathilde. She is also known as Itha. She married Leopold II of Austria and had a son, Leopold III. She was known as one of the great beauties of her day.

In 1101, Ida, alongside Thiemo of Salzburg and the dukes Welf IV of Bavaria and William IX of Bavaria, joined the Crusade of 1101, and raised and led her own army toward Jerusalem.

In September of that year, Ida and her army were among those ambushed at Heraclea Cybistra by the sultan Kilij Arslan I. Ekkehard of Aura reports that Ida was killed in the fighting, but rumors persisted that she survived, and was carried off to a harem. Later legends claimed that she was the mother of the Muslim hero Zengi, but this is impossible on chronological grounds.

In fiction

Ida's fate is depicted in Beloved Pilgrim by Christopher Hawthorne (2011).


  • Leopold III (1073–1136), who succeeded his father as Austrian margrave,
  • Adelaide (d. after 1120), married Count Theoderic II of Formbach
  • Elizabeth (d. 1107), married Margrave Ottokar II of Styria
  • Gerberga (d. 1142), married Duke Bořivoj II of Bohemia
  • Ida, married the Přemyslid prince Luitpold of Znojmo
  • Euphemia, married Count Conrad I of Peilstein
  • Sophia (d. 1154), married Henry of Eppenstein, Duke of Carinthia from 1090 to 1122, and secondly Count Sieghard X of Burghausen.

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