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Leopold, Duke of Bavaria

Leopold, Duke of Bavaria

Austrian noble
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Austrian noble
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1108
Death 18 October 1141 (Niederalteich, Deggendorf, Lower Bavaria, Bavaria)
Family
Mother: Agnes of Germany
Father: Leopold IIIMargrave of Austria
Siblings: franzingxxx klindix Conrad III of GermanyHenry IIDuke of AustriaOtto of FreisingFrederick IIDuke of SwabiaKonrad II. von BabenbergAdalbert II von BabenbergBerta of BollAgnes of BabenbergGertrude of BabenbergDuchess of BohemiaJudith of Babenberg
The details
Biography

Leopold (German: Luitpold, c. 1108 – 18 October 1141), known as Leopold the Generous (German: Luitpold der Freigiebige), was Margrave of Austria as Leopold IV from 1136, and Duke of Bavaria as Leopold I from 1139 until his death in 1141.

Life

He was one of the younger sons of Margrave Leopold III, the Holy. It is not known why he was originally preferred to his brothers Adalbert and Henry Jasomirgott.

Through his mother Agnes, he was related to the Hohenstaufen. In the course of their struggle against the competing Welfen family, he was given the formerly Welfish Bavaria as a fief by Emperor Conrad III. He managed to maintain his position there, as his brother Otto was Bishop of Freising there.

The most important measure of his short reign was the Exchange of Mautern entered into with the Bishop of Passau in 1137. The bishop was given the St. Peter's Church in Vienna, while the Margrave received extended stretches of land from the bishop outside the city walls, with the notable exception of the territory where a new church was to be built, which was to become St. Stephen's Cathedral.

Leopold died at Niederaltaich Abbey in Bavaria unexpectedly and was succeeded by his brother Henry.

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