|László (Ladislas) ÁRPÁD King of Hungary (1077-1095)
László (Ladislas) ÁRPÁD King of Hungary (1077-1095)
- Born: 27 Jun 1040, Poland
- Married: 1090
- Died: 27 Jul 1095
He was born in Poland, where his father had sought refuge, and named according to his mother's kin's Slavic traditions (thus he brought the name Laszlo to yet increasing Hungarian use) - but was recalled by his father's elder brother Andrew I to Hungary (1047) and brought up there.
He succeeded to the throne on the death of his brother Geza in 1077, as the eldest member of the royal family, and speedily won for himself a reputation scarcely inferior to that of Stephen I, by nationalizing Christianity and laying the foundations of Hungary's political greatness. Recognizing that the Holy Roman Empire was a natural enemy of the Kingdom of Hungary, Ladislaus formed a close alliance with the pope and other enemies of Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor, including the anti-emperor Rudolph of Swabia and his chief supporter Welf, duke of Bavaria. He married Rudolph's daughter Adelaide, and she bore him one son and three daughters. His daughter Piroska of Hungary, married the Byzantine emperor John II Comnenus.
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László married Adelheid VON RHEINFELDEN, daughter of Rudolf VON RHEINFELDEN Duke of Swabia (1057-1079) and Adélaïde DE SAVOIE, in 1090. (Adelheid VON RHEINFELDEN died in 1080.)