|Géza ÁRPÁD Great Prince of Hungary (c.972-997)
Géza ÁRPÁD Great Prince of Hungary (c.972-997)
- Born: 949, Esztergom, Hungary
- Married (1): Abt 967
- Married (2): Abt 985
- Died: 1 Feb 997
Although still a pagan when he became ruler, the alliance concluded between the Holy Roman Empire and Byzantium in 972 forced Géza to convert to Christianity in order to secure a lasting peace for Hungary. He turned to the Holy Roman Emperor Otto I, who ordained a Benedictine monk, Bruno of Sankt Gallen, as bishop and sent him to Hungary to baptise Géza (this occurred in 985 according to some sources). However, although he was mainly accepted as a Christian ruler it is doubtful that he was a Christian at heart. According to Thietmar of Merseburg he continued to worship pagan gods; a chronicle claims that when he was questioned about this he stated he is rich enough to sacrifice to both the old gods and the new one.
Although overshadowed by his son, King Stephen I of Hungary, Géza made considerable achievements during his reign. He established centralised rule over the entire country, except for Transylvania which remained under the separate authority of the gyula. This allowed him to collect taxes and duties far more successfully than his predecessors and thus increase his personal wealth.
Géza married Sarolta of Transylvania, daughter of Gyula (Geula, Gyyla, Jula) "the Old", ruler in Transylvania and Unknown, about 967. (Sarolta of Transylvania died after 988.)
Géza also married Adelajda 'The White' PIAST Princess of Poland, daughter of Prince Ziemomysl PIAST of Poland and Gorka Queen of Poland, about 985. (Adelajda 'The White' PIAST Princess of Poland was born in 955 in Poznon, Poland and died after 997 in Esztergom, Hungary.)